14 July 2015
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon supports CHAS’s (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) fundraising for the refurbishment of Robin House, Balloch, on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
Robin House provides a space for relaxation and respite care for families to spend precious time together. Read the First Minister’s text in full here:
Over the years, CHAS has become a charity which the Scottish people has held close to their hearts. The fundraising efforts which have led to building these unique hospice facilities to give families a helping hand and some well-deserved respite care has time and again shown that there is no limit to how far people will go to making a difference to the lives of the young people and their families.
This is why I have no doubt that Scotland can find the generosity in its heart to raise the additional £1million needed to refurbish the wonderful hospice at Balloch.
I have experienced first-hand the difference CHAS has made to the lives of young people and families across Scotland – the happiness in children’s faces to be in an environment where they are cherished and the relief and trust forthcoming from family members who know their children are in a place where everyone wants only the best for them during their sometimes difficult and sadly in many cases short lives.
After 10 years of providing a place of refuge and support, it is only to be expected that the Robin House hospice should need some refurbishment work. The addition of a garden room and the extension and the refit of the teenagers’ den – along with the work to refurbish the activity room – will ensure that the families who visit have the very best of facilities available so they can enjoy the time they have together.
I will be supporting The Sunday Post and CHAS in this latest fundraising effort and would urge all readers across Scotland to get creative and dream up fun and inspiring ideas to raise those quids for some of the country’s most deserving kids.
Come on, Scotland – let’s reach that £1m target and do even better in record time.”
This text was first published in The Sunday Post, July 12, 2015
— Sunday Post (@Sunday_Post) July 12, 2015