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Eric Liddell is best known for the fact that he refused to compete in the 100m sprint at the 1924 Olympic Games because his heat was held on a Sunday. What is perhaps less well known, was his love for life, his kindness and his generosity of spirit. These he displayed throughout his life, even while dying from a brain tumour in the Weihsien Internment Camp at Weifang in China in 1945. He is remembered by his fellow internees as a man who helped the elderly, refereed sports matches and taught the children science and bible studies. In 2008 the Chinese authorities revealed that he had had the chance of freedom but insisted that a pregnant woman was freed instead. Learn more on Eric Liddell’s life.
The Eric Liddell Centre is a Scottish charity that undertakes to provide services in the memory and community spirit of Eric Liddell, who lived locally while attending Edinburgh University. It provides otherwise vulnerable and isolated people with the chance to participate in a range of activities that provide them with company, support and help them keep their independence.
Services include a specialist day care facility for people with a diagnosis of dementia and a range of projects that help elderly members of the community maintain their independence.
Our Ca(I)re Programme provides support for carers and invests in a range of courses to help them focus on their own health and wellbeing as well as developing interests away from their caring activities.
We serve the wider community by hiring out rooms to over 180 community groups and companies each year. This ensures that the Centre is full of life at all times of the day. To find out what is on click here (new window). For information on room hire, click here.
We help smaller charities establish a base by renting them office space at reasonable rates. This helps them and us keep our costs down and means that more money overall can be spent on our charitable services. For information on office rental, click here.
The Centre relies on your donations and we are proud of the fact that 92p from each £1 donated goes directly to the provision of these services.
Find out more about the inspirational life and work of Eric Liddell, which still continues to inspire people today.