Latest issue of Transform out now
Our latest issue of Transform is out now. This annual publication highlights all the ways in which the time you give, the money you donate and the projects you fund help to directly change the lives of our guests and their families for the better.
Below is an accompanying letter to the publication from CEO, Mark Bevan.
"Thanks to supporters, like you, Leuchie has made many advances in improving our guests’ long-term wellbeing, by offering new services to complement existing ones, which recognise the importance of friendship and social interaction on an individual’s overall health.
"We offer people living with the effects of a neurological condition like MS, MND, Parkinson’s and stroke, opportunities to transform how they experience their lives, by supporting both their physical and emotional needs while they are at Leuchie, in ways that provide lasting benefits for them and their loved ones after they’ve returned home.
"Recently a donor, who did not know anything about Leuchie, was inspired to support us when she met some of our guests enjoying a day out in North Berwick. When I explained that it costs over £2.5 million per year to deliver our services, she was concerned that her gift may not be enough. I reassured her that it is thanks to the combined support of all our donors, from those collecting a jar of pennies, to those taking on challenges, making a regular donation, attending our fundraising events, or even leaving a gift in their Will, that we are here for those who rely on us.
"In this issue of Transform, we celebrate how our supporters enable us to enhance the lives of our guests and their families by empowering us to progress and widen our services across many areas, and I’d like to share just two recent examples of how we are doing this below:
- With a chronic lack of accessible holiday accommodation in Scotland, many of the families we support do not get to enjoy a holiday together very often. This summer, we opened a fully accessible caravan, Glen View, in Dunbar so families can enjoy a relaxing stay together in this lovely location.
- Our new Leuchie at Home service provides at least two hours of respite for families in their own home each week and has, within just over a year, provided over 265 visits (530 hours of respite), for family carers, and we are looking for more befriender volunteers!
"We are thrilled to be finding more ways to support more people, so I want to thank you deeply for continuing to share our vision that a neurological condition should not prevent someone from enjoying life, just like the rest of us."