From class project to fund-raiser

Tracy Maxwell, who has produced a potted history of Sunnyside Hospital to raise funds for the Susan Carnegie Centre.'Staff photograph
Tracy Maxwell, who has produced a potted history of Sunnyside Hospital to raise funds for the Susan Carnegie Centre.'Staff photograph

A college project has turned in to a fund-raising venture for Montrose student Tracy Maxwell.

For her social care class, she undertook traced the history of Sunnyside Royal Hospital and has now produced a booklet of her findings.

It traces the hospital’s life from the foundation of Montrose Asylum by Susan Carnegie in 1781, the first in Scotland, up to Sunnyside’s eventual closure. Tracy has produced 300 copies of her booklet which will raise money for the Susan Carnegie Centre at Stracathro Hospital, opened by NHS Tayside to accommodate the services moved from Sunnyside.

Tracy said: “Initially it was an investigation for my social care course which had to be local, could have a historical element. It has been a bit of a journey for me and a lot of people still don’t like talking about mental health issues.”

Tracy hopes to raise £500, the cost of the original asylum, from her work which she also hopes to convert to an e-book.

Copies, costing £2, are available from Not Just 4 Kidz in George Street, the reception at Angus College’s Isla Building in Arbroath and Gill’s Financial Services in John Street.