COMMUNITY BURSARY SUPPORTS CHAS AT HOME
Monday, 11 December 2017
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) has received a £1,000 donation to help expand its CHAS at Home team in Aberdeen.
The charity was awarded the funds from the CALA Homes (North) community bursary which saw 11 local organisations receive a share of £10,000.
CHAS has two hospices in Scotland and also offers a home visit service which saw its team make around 1,000 visits to families across Scotland in 2015-16.
The outreach service enables a specialist nurse to make home visits, offering parents support and much-needed time off, advice regarding medication and care as well as bereavement counselling. The team also organises events for the families it supports across the North East.
Emma Moore, Community Fundraiser at CHAS, said: “We plan to use CALA’s donation to help expand CHAS at Home by increasing the number of specialist nurses in our team.
“At the moment we only reach a third of children diagnosed with a life limiting condition in Scotland. Employing another nurse will enable us to offer more home visits and increase the number of families that we support both at home and in hospital in the region.”
Lynn Melvin, Senior Land Manager for CALA Homes (North) welcomed Emma to the Cults Park sales office to hear more about the CHAS at Home service and also met a local family who benefits from it, Irene Ho, and her twin daughters Natalie and Sammy.
Sammy, 21, from Bridge of Don, has cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome and has suffered from health problems all her life.
Lynn said: “I was so honoured to meet Sammy and her family. It’s clear CHAS at Home has been a vital source of support for them all and I hope our community bursary donation will help the charity reach more families like them who need the expertise, guidance and emotional support of a CHAS nurse.”
Other successful community bursary applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, Seaton Community Church, Pitscurry Day Service, SensationALL, Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE), Sunrise Partnership, GCRA, Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeen Science Centre, and Aberdeen Riding Club.