Queen’s representative to the General Assembly visits Leuchie

The Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lord Hope of Craighead KT PC, saw at first hand the difference respite breaks make to people living with long term conditions during a visit to national respite centre, Leuchie House on Saturday.

Lord Hope, a distinguished retired Scottish judge, is the Queen’s personal representative to the General Assembly for the second year in a row. His role includes observing the proceedings and reporting back to Her Majesty what has been debated at the Assembly.

After the opening of this year’s General Assembly on Saturday 21 May, Lord Hope took the opportunity to visit Leuchie House in his official capacity, accompanied by his wife, Lady Hope.

During a tour of the house, Lord Hope spoke to guests about their experiences, visited the physiotherapy suite and heard about the respite breaks Leuchie offers to people living with long term conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

Leuchie House Chief Executive Mairi O’Keefe said: “We appreciate Lord Hope taking the time to visit Leuchie. At Leuchie we believe everyone with a long term condition should have access to regular short respite breaks. Having spoken to some of our guests, he has had an insight into why we think this is so important. Our guests were able to tell him directly what a short break at Leuchie means to them and difference it makes to their health, wellbeing and ability to cope with their condition.”

Lord Hope has served as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General in Scotland, and was one of the first Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and its first Deputy President.