Margaret Kerr Unit is bang on schedule

Macmillan colleagues welcomed to Margaret Kerr Unit construction site. 'Left to right: Davd McLuckie ' Director of Estates and Facilities, NHS Borders; Susan Yates ' Planning and Performance Manager, NHS Borders; Nathan Lynn ' Site Manager ' BAM; James Marjoribanks ' Margaret Kerr Appeal Chair; Janice Preston - Senior Development Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support; Catherine Duthie ' Non Executive Director, NHS Borders; Tom McInnes - Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan colleagues welcomed to Margaret Kerr Unit construction site. 'Left to right: Davd McLuckie ' Director of Estates and Facilities, NHS Borders; Susan Yates ' Planning and Performance Manager, NHS Borders; Nathan Lynn ' Site Manager ' BAM; James Marjoribanks ' Margaret Kerr Appeal Chair; Janice Preston - Senior Development Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support; Catherine Duthie ' Non Executive Director, NHS Borders; Tom McInnes - Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support

Colleagues from Macmillan Cancer Support, which is investing a contribution of £750,000 towards the creation of The Margaret Kerr Unit, have expressed their astonishment at how quickly the new facility is being built.

Several of them were welcomed to the construction site last week at the Borders General Hospital last week and the project director David McLuckie, who has taken the lead after the recent retirement of Dr Ross Cameron, was delighted to conduct a tour of the facility, which remains on schedule to be built by the end of November this year.

Mr McLuckie explained: “Despite the atrocious weather conditions over the past fortnight, the team from BAM Construction continue to progress well with the creation of the in patient specialist palliative care facility at the Borders General Hospital.

“The roof is now in place, windows are being installed and we expect the building to be wind and water tight within the next fortnight.

“It was a pleasure to welcome our funding partners from Macmillan to show them how their investment is being used.”

Senior development manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, Janice Preston added: “We are delighted to be a funding partner in the project to build The Margaret Kerr Unit which will provide a purpose built environment for palliative care patients in the Scottish Borders.

“It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our supporters in the Borders who raise so much money for us that we are able to make such a significant contribution to this important project and it is exciting to see the excellent progress that is being made on site.”

To find out more about how to support Macmillan in the Borders, please contact Aileen Stewart on 0131 260 3720 / 07801 307059 or email AStewart@macmillan.org.uk