A warm welcome at Leuchie

We love it when people come to visit Leuchie House. It’s undoubtedly the best way to really understand what we do at Leuchie and just how important respite breaks are to those who stay with us.

So it was good to welcome the new Public Health Minister, Aileen Campbell MSP to Leuchie for the first time last week.  Our friends at North Berwick Pipe Band were already booked in to play for our guests on the same evening, so our political guest was treated to a special slice of East Lothian entertainment too.

It’s a key time in health and social care at the moment. Since April, Scotland’s health and social care services have begun the process of integration – brought together to ensure a more effective, joined-up delivery of services.  Leuchie House is widely regarded as a model of health and social care integration. We don’t just look after our guest’s health needs. We focus on their social needs too to ensure they have the kinds of social opportunities they might not ordinarily have and which can have an enormous impact on their wellbeing. The ministerial visit was the ideal opportunity for her to see this in action and to get a sense of the enhanced role Leuchie could play within the new integrated sector.

Last week we were also able to announce another special visit to Leuchie. HRH The Princess Royal will visit us again on 25 October to launch our exciting new fundraising intiative, The Leuchie Forever Fund. The fund aims to ensure Leuchie’s long term future by generating a secure financial base and we’re delighted she has agreed to be its Royal Patron.

She will also present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Leuchie’s volunteer team. Known as the ‘group MBE’, it recognises the incredible work our volunteers do for Leuchie.  

So yes, we love visitors. But not just those of a royal or ministerial persuasion. If you’d like to find out about volunteering at Leuchie or how you or a loved one could benefit from a Leuchie break, do get in touch and arrange a visit. You can be sure of a warm welcome.

Mairi O'Keefe, CEO, Leuchie House. Published in the East Lothian Courier, 15 September 2016.