Hospice homes

The work of Scotland's two children's hospices, one in Kinross and the other on the banks of Loch Lomond, was described by Tabitha Bell, guest speaker at Berwick Rotary Club.

Wednesday, 14th September 2016, 8:00 am

They provide a home-from-home environment for those approaching the end of their lives, and their families.

It costs £12.9million a year to run them and great help has come from the Princess Diana Memorial Trust.

There are 800 volunteers but more are needed and the funding needed is constant.

Ms Bell said the hospices were creating a beautiful environment for the patients.

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Last year, 415 youngsters and their families were supported.

Not all the people helped had cancer. Some suffered from irrepairable organ defects and front muscular dystrophy.

The hospices were uplifting places to go to, and had their own rainbow rooms which provided so much comfort as patients were entering life’s final stages.

The speaker stressed that the hospices provided so much care and were certainly not places of doom and gloom.

Berwick president Peter Walton welcomed two guests – ex-president Pat Ainslie, from Springwood, Australia, and her husband Alan. Both are from Tweedmouth and Alan was in the Berwick Rangers team which beat Rangers 1-0 in 1967.