Children and families at Robin House in Balloch today met MSP for West Scotland Maurice Corry and Miles Briggs, MSP for Lothian and Shadow Minister for Health and Sport.
Mr Corry and Mr Briggs met with children, families, staff and volunteers from Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), in order to understand their experiences of life-shortening conditions for children and young people. CHAS supports over 450 families in every part of Scotland
Specialist support from staff and volunteers allows children and families to create joyful and memorable moments together, even if their time as a family will be short. Children with a life-shortening condition can stay in Robin House both for short family breaks, and also for end-of-life care.
Robin House is set within the Loch Lomond National Park, and specially-trained forest schools staff support children with complex medical needs to play outside, swim in a hydrotherapy pool, and experience activities other families take for granted.
Maria McGill, Chief Executive of CHAS said:
“Robin House is a place that is full of love and joy, so I am absolutely delighted to welcome Maurice and Miles to meet with families, staff and volunteers. CHAS supports many of the children in Scotland who die young, and their siblings and families, at the hardest of times. We can only do that because of the generosity and kindness of so many supporters and volunteers. Robin House allows families to create precious memories and puts the biggest smiles on children’s faces – moments of joy that families can remember forever.”
MSP for West Scotland Maurice Corry said:
“This is my first visit to Robin House and I was incredibly impressed with the facilities and to witness the incredible effort from all of CHAS’s staff that goes in to provide a unique service that truly supports the whole family.”
Miles Briggs, MSP for Lothian and Shadow Minister for Health, said:
“As a longtime supporter of CHAS, I’m always thrilled to have the opportunity to learn about how Scotland’s national children’s hospice is developing its services to reach every family who needs it, no matter where they are.”
For over 25 years, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – has been caring for families and their babies, children and young people by offering palliative care, family respite and support. Since CHAS was founded in 1992, two hospices have been built (Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch), we have developed and expanded a home care service, and established a presence in hospitals and communities providing vital care in every setting. Our services cover the whole of Scotland.