Margaret Kerr Unit milestone reached

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The public fundraising appeal to raise the final million pounds required to build The Margaret Kerr Unit, a specialist palliative care in-patient unit at Borders General Hospital, has passed its first milestone and reached £100,000.

Launched less than six months ago with a giant pair of orange boots to represent the concept of ‘tying up loose ends’, the appeal has captured the hearts of generous Borderers, with donations being received from across the region.

Chairman of the appeal, local businessman James Marjoribanks has been touched by the generosity.

He commented: “On behalf of the fundraising team I would like to express our sincere thanks, once again, to everyone who has donated so far, and helped us achieve the first £100,000 in such a short space of time.

“The Borders is the only mainland health board area in Scotland without a dedicated palliative care facility, and we can see with every letter and donation that we receive just how important it is to people of all ages that we build this unit as quickly as possible.

“We have numerous fundraising events registered to take place over the forthcoming months which will benefit the appeal, and I am confident that the total will continue to increase rapidly”.

NHS Borders’ medical director, and executive lead for the project Dr Ross Cameron, added: “Construction of the Margaret Kerr Unit will start in April.

“This will be a purpose built facility at the BGH in which our specialist clinicians can deliver palliative care in a welcoming and calm environment which is appropriate to the need of patients and their families, and I am very grateful to everyone who has supported us to date.”