East Lothian MP, Fiona O’Donnell, joined campaigners outside the MS Society headquarters in London.
Fiona said, “I wanted to make sure that Leuchie House was represented at the protest and was pleased to join Moni Robson, who is a strong supporter of Leuchie House at the demonstration.
“The protest coincided with a meeting of the Trustees and gave us all a chance to make them aware, face to face, of the opposition to the closure of Leuchie House and other respite centres across the UK. I used the opportunity to make sure that the people responsible for taking the decisions knew how valued much Leuchie House is valued and what an excellent standard of care the staff provide to guests and their families.
“I was concerned that some Trustees were under the impression that there were several organisations interested in taking over Leuchie House. At the time of the protest this was not the case and it was confirmed there were no interested parties. I also asked questions about the timing of the Leuchie House closure, joining local MSP Iain Gray in asking that they give more time for an alternative provider to be found.”
Iain Gray added, “Fiona and I met with senior management and trustees of the MS Society to make clear the strength of feeling locally and across Scotland. I was not satisfied with the response to our joint letter to Simon Gillespie, CEO of the MS Society, and wanted to raise further issues.
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