News & events

Keep up to date with all the latest news and events throughout the Hillcrest Group of Companies
  • Tenant Participation Focus Week

    Posted: 6th July 2018

    Next week our Tenant Participation team and HART (Hillcrest Action Residents and Tenants) are going on tour! We will be visiting Dundee, Perthshire, Fife, Edinburgh and Arbroath to talk and listen to tenants about how we can improve our services, as well as letting you know more about getting involved…

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  • Redevelopment plans submitted for Dundee housing estate

    Posted: 5th July 2018

    A planning application for the redevelopment of Ellengowan estate in Dundee was submitted last week. Plans which focus on good quality design and landscaping, include 130 properties offering a mix of houses, cottage flats, amenity flats and flats. The proposed homes will be available for mid-market rent managed by Northern…

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  • 18 affordable homes delivered in Lochee

    Posted: 4th July 2018

    The Lochee area of Dundee received a much-needed injection of affordable housing when 18 new homes were handed over to tenants last week. The social rental properties at St Ann Lane, constructed by George Martin Builders, are the latest homes to be delivered by Hillcrest Housing Association as part of…

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  • Tenant feedback welcomed

    Posted: 31st May 2018

    We have recently reviewed and redrafted the Unacceptable Actions Policy and Procedure. We would like your feedback on these documents. You can read thed Unacceptable Actions Policy and Procedure drafts by clicking on the links below: DRAFT – Unacceptable Actions Policy DRAFT – Unacceptable Actions Procedure Please send your feedback…

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  • The Hillcrest Group celebrates living wage commitment

    Posted: 23rd May 2018

    Living Wage Scotland is pleased to announce Hillcrest Housing Association and Hillcrest Maintenance Services are now accredited as Living Wage employers. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Hillcrest Housing Association and Hillcrest Maintenance Services receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75. This rate is significantly higher than…

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  • Good Governance Gowrie

    Posted: 18th May 2018

    Gowrie Care, part of the Hillcrest Group, was one of four charities recognised at the first Good Governance Award ceremony during an event held in Dundee’s city chambers earlier this week. Achieving the Good Governance accreditation highlights Gowrie’s commitment to continually reviewing policies and procedures to ensure we are a…

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  • Hillcrest signs up for streamlined services with VWS

    Posted: 14th May 2018

    In a move that will streamline their business and create new jobs, the Hillcrest Group of Companies has appointed fire, safety and security contractor Video Watchman Systems Ltd (VWS) to manage multiple services. VWS now provides servicing and reactive works for a number of Hillcrest’s components including fire alarm detection,…

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  • Join Hillcrest’s list of approved suppliers!

    Posted: 4th May 2018

    Packs to apply to be a supplier for the Hillcrest Group are available now. Suppliers can download an application pack by clicking the link below: Supplier of Services Pack Alternatively you can request a pack by emailing tenders@hillcrestha.org.uk. Please read the guidance and complete the form as outlined. Forms completely incorrectly…

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  • Businesses open doors for Stobswell street art project

    Posted: 30th April 2018

    20 unloved doors in Dundee’s Stobswell area have received a creative lick of paint this month as part of unique street art project. Following the success of the Open/Close Dundee, and with the support of Hillcrest and Dulux, volunteer organiser Russell Pepper is launching Open/Close Stobswell. Russell said: “I’m extremely…

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  • New homes for Hilltown

    Posted: 23rd April 2018

    Demolition works are soon to start which will enable work to get underway on a site in Dundee which will transform the look of the Hilltown. Robertson Partnership Homes have this month started work on a development at Derby Street that will bring 163 new homes to the city. The…

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  • Hillcrest Helps Prince’s Trust Placements to Get into Electrical

    Posted: 5th April 2018

    An inspiring electrician received an insight into his trade of choice with a Dundee-based maintenance company as part of a national employment initiative this week. Dale Cartmill has been shadowing Hillcrest Maintenance Services (HMS) electricians for a week’s hands on training as part of the Prince’s Trust Get into Electrical…

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  • Gender Pay Gap

    Posted: 3rd April 2018

    The Gender Pay Gap is the difference in average earnings between men and women, irrespective of the position they hold within our organisation. The findings have been prepared in line with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Fap information) Regulations 2017, which requires employers with 250 or more employees to…

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  • Getting down to business

    Posted: 28th March 2018

    An Abertay University 3rd year BA (Hons) Management student has just completed a 10 week placement with Gowrie Care. Alex Auld was tasked with supporting the development of a business plan to improve the services Gowrie Care provides through their Hubs facility. Clare McNally, Gowrie Care’s fundraising and grants officer…

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  • Senior staff raise the stakes in new Dundee charity shop

    Posted: 16th March 2018

    Friendly competition took hold of a newly-opened charity shop in Dundee on Thursday as members of the senior team from one the city’s biggest charities tried to sell the most stock during their shift. As part of the shop’s grand opening Hillcrest Group CEO, Angela Linton, Gowrie Care managing director,…

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  • Hillcrest Supports Scottish Apprenticeship Week

    Posted: 9th March 2018

    The Hillcrest Group is one of the many companies providing apprenticeship opportunities setting young people up for success in their careers. During Scottish Apprenticeship Week Lesley Pert Hillcrest HR manager commented that “At Hillcrest we recognise that our greatest asset is our staff, so we do all that we can…

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  • Reporting repairs

    Posted: 1st March 2018

    Our housing customer service team will be available today from 10am – 4pm. Our repairs service is limited and calls are being handled by our out of hours team at present so please call 08000 324 888 to report any emergency repairs. For non urgent repairs you can email repair@hillcrestha.org.uk or click here to…

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  • Office closure

    Posted: 28th February 2018

    Due to the extreme weather conditions we have decided to close our offices at 3.00pm this afternoon. Customers should only call our repairs service on 08000 324 888 in the case of an emergency. We would appreciate if calls concerning non-emergency repairs could be reported after 8.00am on Thursday morning.

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  • Pedalling employment success in Dundee

    Posted: 27th February 2018

    An employment adviser has gone the extra mile to ensure the breaks were not put on a Dundee man’s efforts to get back into work this week. Sean Patrick Lynch, an Employment Adviser for Gowrie Care, pulled out all the stops to ensure Michael Drummond did not miss out on a…

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  • Hillcrest Approved Contractors

    Posted: 26th February 2018

    Packs to apply to be an Approved Contractor for the Hillcrest Group are available now. Contractors can download a pack by clicking the links below: 49921 Code of Conduct Right to Repair timescale for reactive repairs sample invoice The deadline for completed packs to be returned is 5pm, Friday 16…

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  • Housing Minister Visits Derby Street Dundee

    Posted: 21st February 2018

    Kevin Stewart MSP Minister for Local Government and Housing was in Dundee today to visit the site of a new affordable housing development which will bring 163 new homes to the city. The Derby Street development will provide a significant boost for the area in providing much-needed affordable housing that…

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  • Plumbers, plasterers and free pies!

    Posted: 20th February 2018

    Over 70 representatives from local trades companies visited Hillcrest HQ last week to enjoy a free pie and find out about joining our list of approved contractors. The new packs to apply to be an Approved Contractor for the Hillcrest Group will be available from Monday 26 February 2018. Contractors…

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  • Hillcrest tenants focus in on filmmaking!

    Posted: 31st January 2018

    Members of our interested tenants group gathered at Hillcrest HQ for their monthly meeting yesterday. After discussing the positive work they have been undertaking with Open Change (find out more: http://www.openchange.co.uk/hillcrest-storify/) with senior housing staff, the tenants enjoyed a quick session on filming with our Comms and Media team. The group…

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  • Affordable housing is not just for Christmas

    Posted: 21st December 2017

    Hillcrest Housing Association and Robertson Partnership Homes have teamed up to deliver the much needed gift of affordable housing this Christmas. David Zwirlein, Hillcrest’s director of development and new business explained that “We’re delighted to be on site just in time for Christmas to get started on this much needed…

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  • Hillcrest teams up with Shelter to spread Christmas cheer!

    Posted: 21st December 2017

    In the lead up to Christmas we were delighted to support our friends at Shelter Scotland in their Social Media Santa toy campaign. Shelter’s Michelle Harrow said: “Thanks to the generosity of people who donated gifts for homeless children through Shelter Scotland’s social media Santa, the Dundee HUB in partnership…

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  • Christmas & New Year opening hours for offices, phone lines and Facebook…

    Posted: 21st December 2017

    Please note that all of our offices will close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December but you will be able to contact us by phone on 0300 123 2640 until 4pm. Although our offices will be closed, you will be able to contact us on 0300 123 2640 on the…

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  • Hillcrest Housing Association Rent Review Survey 2018/19

    Posted: 21st December 2017

    Which option do you (Hillcrest HA tenants) prefer for the annual rent increase in April 2018? 1. A minimum increase of 3.5% to maintain services at their current level? OR 2. An increase of 3.75% or 4% to provide enhanced services? AND, if you pick Option 2… Which of the…

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  • Dundee Dominos delivers goodwill with a side of Christmas spirit

    Posted: 15th December 2017

    Dominos grabbed a pizza the fundraising action when they donated lunch to the winning team of Hillcrest Housing Association’s 50 grand to lend a hand challenge. As part of Hillcrest’s 50th anniversary celebrations, staff were challenged to collectively raise 50 grand for a range of charities and causes. Clare McNally, Hillcrest…

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  • Hillcrest’s big birthday bash raises cash for charities

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    Over £50k was raised for two Scottish charities at a black tie fundraising event hosted by Hillcrest Housing Association at Dundee’s Apex Hotel on Friday. Raising money for Dundee Bairns and Move On, Hillcrest’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Event was attended by nearly 500 representatives from local and national businesses and charitable organisations. Hillcrest…

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  • Universal Credit update

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    From 08.11.17 in Dundee and Angus Universal Credit replaces a range of working-age benefits with one single payment. This will be rolled out across all areas during 2018. This will affect new claims and people who have a change in circumstances. UC will replace these “Legacy Benefits”: income-based jobseeker’s allowance…

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  • Dundee fundraising team deliver £1500 to Ninewells

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    A team of fundraisers from the Hillcrest Group visited Ward 32 and the Breast Care Team at Ninewells Hospital on Thursday to hand over the proceeds of a year of fundraising activities. The Tequila Mockingbird team, consisting of staff from Hillcrest’s maintenance, property and customer service departments, raised over £10K…

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  • Support services showcased in the Hilltown

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    The team at The Learning Place, in Dundee’s Hilltown, opened their doors to a range of social and community professionals last week to showcase the innovative support services they can offer. The Learning Place, part of Gowrie Care, provides people with the skills they need to build the confidence required…

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  • Older people enjoy a brew and a boogie at Dundee Festive Tea Dance

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    Over 80 older people from across Dundee were treated to hot drinks, sweet and savoury snacks, and a dance to some old favourites at a special festive event held in Menzieshill Community Centre yesterday. The Festive Tea Dance was free to attend and organised by staff from Hillcrest Housing Association,…

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  • Hillcrest HA appoints new Director of Housing

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Bob Sander as our new Director of Housing. Bob started in post this month and is responsible for leading the Housing Management function within Hillcrest Housing Association, ensuring the delivery of key objectives, and providing strategic direction. Hillcrest’s Deputy Chief Executive, Fiona…

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  • Gowrie’s Dundee Disco

    Posted: 14th December 2017

    Over 200 people, supported by Gowrie Care, got into the festive spirit at the Apex last night, with their biggest disco to date! Joy Dunlop, Gowrie Care managing director explained that “The Gowrie disco is the highlight of the social calendar for a lot of people we support. Every year…

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  • Housing professionals share good ASB practice at Hillcrest HQ

    Posted: 30th November 2017

    Staff from housing associations across Scotland gathered at the Hillcrest Group’s HQ in Dundee today to discuss the best approaches for tackling anti-social behaviour. The event, delivered by Hillcrest Housing Association, Dundee City Council and Police Scotland, gave attendees the opportunity to share good working practice on issues including noise,…

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  • Gowrie Success at TPAS Awards

    Posted: 8th November 2017

    Gowrie Care’s Dundee Futures team walked away winners at the TPAS National Good Practice Awards on Friday. Dundee Futures were announced winners in the best practice in equality and diversity category because of their work to improve the lives of people who have been affected by homelessness, social isolation or…

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  • Hillcrest staff celebrate 50 fabulous years

    Posted: 30th October 2017

    Hillcrest Housing Association celebrated 50 years of delivering quality affordable homes and top rated support services to communities across Scotland at a special celebratory event at Dundee’s Apex Hotel on Friday night. Over 300 staff from across Hillcrest HA and the other companies within the Hillcrest Group celebrated their organisations’…

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  • Gowrie’s mental health film set for October festival debut

    Posted: 29th September 2017

    An animated film aiming to break down the stigma surrounding mental health is to be screened at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in Glasgow next month. The 3 minute stop motion animation, The Ballad of Polly and Nelly, was produced by the team at Gowrie Care’s Dundee Futures and three…

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  • Hillcrest showcases Quay talent

    Posted: 18th September 2017

    The Hillcrest Group of Companies, one of Scotland’s leading charitable organisations, recognised staff learning achievements in style at an event at Dundee’s The Quay earlier this month. Over 40 staff members and guests from across Scotland gathered at the Celebrating Achievement ceremony to mark individual successes and qualifications gained by…

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  • Councillor visits Gowrie Care Futures

    Posted: 11th September 2017

    Councillor Alison Dickie met with the people benefiting from the support on at offer the Futures community hub when she visited the facility in Edinburgh’s Southside on Friday. At Futures, the team from an Edinburgh Homeless charity, Gowrie Care, provides a drop in hub in Edinburgh’s Gilmour Street for people…

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  • Doo’cot Park’s garden in full bloom after funding

    Posted: 6th September 2017

    The team at Gowrie Care’s Doo’cot Park service celebrated the completion of their Tesco funded garden with a special afternoon tea party in Arbroath on Saturday. The service won a £12,000 grant in a public vote as part of Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign last year. Service manager, Elaine Stewart…

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  • Weaver’s Yard celebrate their 30th birthday!

    Posted: 6th September 2017

    Hillcrest HA residents and staff celebrated the 30th anniversary of Weavers Yard in Dundee on Friday. Attendees had the opportunity to catch up over BBQ and birthday cake, get souvenir photographs taken with Oor Wullie, and discuss the history of Weavers Yard and the wider Upper Dens development. We would…

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  • HOPE video launched

    Posted: 4th September 2017

    HOPE Project is a free service for people living in Dundee, who are over 55 and do not living in sheltered housing. The service is open to people who own their own home as well as people who rent. The HOPE project’s main aim is to help older people feel…

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  • Airlie Risers: Expert Fundraisers!

    Posted: 21st August 2017

    The Airlie Risers team from Gowrie Care’s service at Airlie View in Alyth along with their friends and family have raised a total of £2707.56 for Autism Initiatives Scotland One Stop Shop in Perth. The gang has raised this money by climbing Ben Nevis in June, and selling raffle tickets in Tesco in July…

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  • Housing Minister praises new Blackford homes

    Posted: 21st August 2017

    The Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP, praised good quality, energy efficient, affordable homes when he visited a new housing estate in Blackford today. The 38 social housing properties were developed by Hillcrest Housing Association and Robertson Partnership Homes, who are both celebrating 50 years in operation…

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  • Prince’s Trust placements given a royal welcome by Dundee maintenance companies

    Posted: 18th August 2017

    12 young people were given work placements with local trades employers, including Hillcrest Maintenance Services (HMS), as part of a Prince’s Trust Scotland initiative in Dundee earlier this month. The Dundee young people shadowed electricians for a week’s hands on training. Trust-supported Tristan Thomson, HMS’s placement for the week, said:…

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  • Hillcrest Group’s annual report serves up a slice of celebration!

    Posted: 17th August 2017

    The Hillcrest Group of Companies has published a special birthday-themed annual report in celebration of Hillcrest Housing Association’s 50thanniversary. The social housing provider, parent of the Hillcrest Group of Companies, opened its doors in 1967 and has been providing affordable homes ever since. CEO of the Hillcrest Group, Angela Linton…

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  • Golden opportunities at Hillcrest HQ

    Posted: 10th August 2017

    Over 60 representatives from leading local businesses visited the Hillcrest Group of Companies’ HQ in Dundee last night for an evening of food, fact finding and thoroughly good conversation. Delivered in partnership with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce (DACC), the Summer Social at Hillcrest HQ event provided networking opportunities and a…

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  • £100K funding for Gowrie Care Futures!

    Posted: 7th August 2017

    Gowrie Care, and the people we support are set to benefit from a National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund it was announced last month. The £98,744 of funding will mean that people who are homeless or at the risk of homelessness in Edinburgh’s Southside will get the support…

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  • Helping Older People Engage (HOPE)

    Posted: 25th July 2017

    HOPE Project is a free service for people living in Dundee, who are over 55 and do not living in sheltered housing. The service is open to people who own their own home as well as people who rent. The HOPE project’s main aim is to help older people feel…

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  • Joy Dunlop appointed as Gowrie Care’s new Managing Director

    Posted: 24th July 2017

    Gowrie Care, part of the Hillcrest Group, is delighted to announce the appointment of Joy Dunlop as their new Managing Director. Joy will succeed Damian McGowan who has stepped down to take up a new post with a care company in England. Joy started in post this month and will…

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  • Hillcrest and Tayside Police bring the HEAT

    Posted: 24th July 2017

    Hillcrest Housing Association met with Tayside Police at Hillcrest HQ to discuss partnership working in Dundee last week. Staff from Hillcrest’s Tenant Sustainability Service, Tenant Participation team and HEAT (Hillcrest Energy Advice Team) met with Colin Martin, Community Police Officer, to discuss working  in partnership to signpost services for Hillcrest…

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  • Dundee fundraising team kicks up cash for horse riding charity

    Posted: 21st July 2017

    A team of fundraisers visited The Brae Riding for the Disabled to hand over money from recent fundraising activities and to get a tour of the centre earlier this week. The Late Developers team from Hillcrest Housing Association’s development department raised £1,775 by hosting a walking football tournament in June.…

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  • MoonWalk raises money!

    Posted: 3rd July 2017

    Annalisa and Sheree from Gowrie Care’s St John’s service recently took part in the MoonWalk Scotland event in Edinburgh. Here’s what Annalisa had to say about this great event: “It was a mild evening in Holyrood Park complete with an army of pink tutus, zebra stripes, leopard prints, jungle leaves,…

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  • Dundee pupils trade time in class for career insight

    Posted: 26th June 2017

    Students at a Dundee school found out about career opportunities with one of Tayside’s largest trades employers during a session at Braeview Academy last week. The fifth and six year pupils received information from staff from across the Hillcrest Group of Companies including recruitment staff, Hillcrest Maintenance Services’ (HMS) trades…

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  • Gowrie Garden Party Grows Funds

    Posted: 26th June 2017

    A number of Gowrie services worked together to host a blooming good garden party in Edinburgh last week. As part of Hillcrest’s 50th anniversary 50 Grand to Lend a Hand fundraising initiative, team OBS raised nearly £600 at their event. Paul Welsh, Services Manager said that “It was great so…

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  • You’ll never walk alone…

    Posted: 7th June 2017

    Hillcrest fundraising team, The Late Developers, held a successful walking football tournament on Saturday to raise money for Brae Riding for the Disabled. Coupled with the raffle and auction the team has recently held, they have raised nearly £1,600 for the horsing riding therapy charity. The event was staged as…

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