What do local newspaper headlines hide?

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Two large and unusually shaped objects are currently being created out of local newspapers.

These will be the focus of the launch of the public fundraising appeal for a Palliative Care Specialist Inpatient Unit at Borders General Hospital.

In recognition of the significant legacy left by Margaret Kerr, a nurse who lived in the Borders, NHS Borders Board has agreed to name the unit ‘The Margaret Kerr Unit’. Miss Kerr’s legacy will be applied to the creation of the new unit.

The creation of the unit will be made possible by securing charitable support to cover the capital costs, which will be in the region of £4.5m.

To date, considerably more than half of these costs have been secured in the form of pledges from key stakeholders and partners, which will enable the board to deliver a modern facility that will improve the patient environment. The remaining sum to be raised will be the subject of a local fundraising appeal which will be launched next week.