Moderator visits Leuchie House

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has returned to his native East Lothian with a visit to national respite centre Leuchie House.

Right Rev Dr Derek Browning visited Leuchie House on 21 September to meet guests and staff and find out more about the service Leuchie provides for people with long term conditions.

Dr Browning, a former pupil at North Berwick High School, spoke to Leuchie guests about their experiences, before touring the house and grounds to see the facilities available. He also had the opportunity to sample Leuchie’s famous home cooking when he rounded off his visit by joining guests at their end-of-holiday dinner party.

Leuchie CEO, Mairi O’Keefe said: “It was an honour to welcome Dr Browning to Leuchie.  In his own charitable work through the church, he has been very involved with providing support for carers. He therefore knows first-hand the issues they face and the importance of respite breaks for both carers and those they care for.”

Dr Browning said of his visit: “Leuchie House provides some of the best respite care in the country, and is a lifeline for people living with MS and also their families. During my visit it was clear to me that here is a happy home that provides quality care and hospitality to people at a very vulnerable time in their lives. From the activities and trips to the food and drink to the skilled staff - Leuchie shows what can be done to travel alongside those who have challenging health conditions. Dignity and respect go hand in hand with compassion and kindliness - offered with gentleness and good humour. It is a marvellous facility and I wish Leuchie every blessing for the future.”