The Duchess of Cornwall visited Crathie Opportunity Holidays on Tuesday to unveil a plaque in honour of an important benefactor to the charity. Crathie is located on the banks of the River Dee and overlooks the Balmoral estate.
Since 2007, The Duchess has been Patron of the charity.
The plaque was to honour Margaret Boyd who at aged 92 died in 2013. After years of fundraising, Ms Boyd made sizeable contributions to refurbish the stables at the manse courtyard at Crathie Kirk inn 2002.
All this time she remained anonymous as the donor. A member of her family felt she needed to be recognised for contribution to help make the renovation come to fruition.
The charity needed £650,000 to restore the stables. Numerous fundraisers were held in community, but more considerable funding was still required.
Ms Boyd, a resident of Braemar was concerned that the monies raised would be revoked and the project would not continue. She donated an undisclosed amount that permitted organisers to then continue to apply for additional funding.
Camilla visited the cottages Tuesday, talking to those who were enjoying a holiday.
“Could I congratulate everybody involved in this wonderful project. Meeting some of the people who are using it, you can see just how very special it is. I just think it’s wonderful and I am very, very proud to be the patron and I was delighted to come along and support it in any way I can,” The Duchess commented according to The Western Daily Press.
Maureen Kelly, a cousin of Ms Boyd stated: “It meant a huge amount today. Margaret’s been very special to me all my life. She’s given so much to me, so much to so many people. She was a very private person but I thought it was important she was honoured now that she’s gone. It was so emotional and it was wonderful that Her Royal Highness was prepared to come and unveil the plaque.
The buildings are intended to offer greatest accessibility and are furnished with a variety of fittings such as low-level work tops and sinks to make a holiday less strenuous and stressful for the disabled guests who enjoy the accommodations.
“Without Margaret Boyd’s outstanding gift, I am absolutely certain that the vision of Crathie Opportunity Holidays would never have been realised and we would not be standing here today,” Christine Sloan, one of the organisation’s founders commented.
The Duchess of Cornwall is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.