Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, took part in a Scottish Parliament debate to celebrate the work of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), as it continues to ‘Keep the Joy Alive’ for children with life-shortening conditions.
CHAS have been supporting babies, children and young people with end-of-life care, emotional and physical therapy and education about the life-shortening illnesses they have for 25 years.
The MSP spoke about the immeasurable positive impact that Robin House in Balloch has on families who are negotiating an incredibly difficult time. She also took the opportunity to thank all of the volunteers, staff and trustees at Robin House for the work that they do.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to highlight the wonderful work done by all of the staff, volunteers and trustees of Robin House in Balloch.
“I know that the work that they do and the support that they provide to families during what is an incredibly difficult time is immeasurable.
“I hope that CHAS continue to receive the support that they need to keep doing the work that they do for families in Scotland for years to come.”
Maria McGill, Chief Executive of CHAS, said:“Three children a week die in Scotland from a life-shortening condition and CHAS is determined to be there for all of them. Knowing that your child, brother or sister will die young and may deteriorate at any moment is the hardest thing for a family. It is wonderful to have the support of so many MSPs who genuinely want to help and support those families.”
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. CHAS now works across its two national hospices in Kinross and Balloch, in children’s homes in every local part of Scotland, and in hospitals where CHAS teams works alongside NHS colleagues.