The Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, visited Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross – part of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) – to see first-hand the impact that the Scottish Government’s investment in children’s palliative care is having on families across the whole of the country.

CHAS’ Chief Executive Maria McGill and Medical Director Dr. Pat Carragher gave Ms. Todd a tour of Rachel House – which supports children with life-shortening conditions and their families with respite and palliative care. Facilities include eight children’s bedrooms, which open out on to the beautiful gardens, and an additional eight bedrooms for families, a sensory room, Jacuzzi and play and chill out areas for families to relax in.

Minister for Children and Young People visits Rachel House Children’s Hospice
Maree Todd

Ms. Todd took the opportunity to meet with some of the children and families being cared for at Rachel House. She happily joined in the music and parachute games with the children in the garden, solidifying her growing reputation, in the eyes of the children, as Minister of Play!

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, said:

“It was a privilege to meet with the staff at Rachel House today to see first-hand the vital support they provide to families in need.

“We know that enabling families to be with, and care for, their children is the right thing to do and I was pleased to see the positive impact our financial commitment to children’s palliative care is having.

“We recognise the valuable work of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) and look forward working in continued partnership with CHAS to support children with life-shortening conditions.”

Maria McGill, Chief Executive at CHAS said:

“I want to thank Maree and the Scottish Government for their commitment to children’s palliative care and for supporting us with our mission of reaching every baby, child and young person with a life-shortening condition living in Scotland.”

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. The national charity offers palliative care and respite for the whole family via its two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, and via its CHAS at Home service and Diana Children’s Nurse, which supports families in their own homes and in clinical settings across the whole of Scotland.

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