University alumna generously funds new missal stand in memory of her mother.
On Wednesday 11th May a new missal stand was installed in King's College Chapel thanks to a generous donation from alumna Helen Dark. University Chaplain Rev Marylee Anderson led a celebratory blessing to mark the occasion and to recognise Helen's beautiful contribution to the 15th century building.
Helen commissioned designer and restorer of fine furniture Tom Ironside to create and build the missal stand in memory of her mother who visited the Chapel many times during Helen's studies.
Originally from Glasgow, Helen moved to Aberdeen in the late 70s to study History & Social Economics at the University. Her mother travelled up on a regular basis at the weekends to stay with Helen and a very special part of their weekend ritual was attending services in the Chapel together, usually going for a cup of tea in the Chaplaincy afterwards with Dr Alan Main. Helen has great fondness for her time at University and very much appreciated the support she received from academic and Chaplaincy staff. Her mother sadly died two years ago and Helen wanted to recognise the great significance the Chapel had for the two of them by commissioning this stunning addition to the building.
Fundraising income for the preservation and enrichment of the University’s cultural heritage is channelled through the University of Aberdeen Development Trust which is a registered charity. The Trust raises essential funds to support much of the University’s activities such as vital medical research as well as supporting students through the provision of scholarships, bursaries and facilities. Funding from alumni, individuals, companies, organisations and the community is essential for the preservation and enrichment of our cultural heritage in Aberdeen as well as many other activities.