Christmas Appeal 2020
With the festive season approaching, many of us will be feeling unsure about what our Christmas might look like this year and who we will celebrate with. Something we can celebrate is Leuchie offering a warm welcome to guests after being closed for respite for six months during the lockdown.
There is now an urgent need for respite. We've been inundated with calls for support since reopening. Many families who normally rely on Leuchie House and local support at home went into shielding and experienced reductions to their care packages and in some cases, received no additional support at all. This put huge stress and pressure on loved ones to provide the majority of care required. In Scotland alone, the number of loved ones providing care increased from 759,000 at the start of the pandemic to 1.1 million now.
Janet, (pictured with her husband Andrew) is just one of millions of struggling carers across the UK. She cares for her husband Andrew, who is a regular guest at Leuchie. Janet's story which you can read here is a moving account of the impact this virus has had on families who already face the daily challenges of living with the long-term effects of a neurological condition like Parkinson’s, stroke, MS and MND.
We've learnt two things from this crisis. Firstly, how lucky we are to have a warm and generous community of supporters who have seen us through these difficult months and secondly, with so much uncertainty on the horizon, it is now more important than ever to have regular financial support so that Leuchie’s guests and their loved ones can depend on us being here for them in the future. We have so many counting on us.
Nearly ten years ago, our supporters came together to ‘save Leuchie’ from closure, knowing how many people would have suffered from the loss of such a unique service. Today we're asking, if you are able, to please make a regular gift to Leuchie to see us through the next ten years of respite. Every day we see the difference this support will make.
Thank you and very best wishes for the festive season ahead.
Mark Bevan, CEO.
4 More ways you can help us this Christmas.
This year we are selling Charity Christmas Trees from a sustainable Christmas Tree Farm.
All profits help fund our essential respite service.
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