The Lothian MSP and Shadow Health Secretary visited CLIC Villa, CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home in Edinburgh, in Hatton Place, on Monday, November 6.
He met with staff, who took him on a tour of the home, which provides free accommodation to young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at the nearby Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
56 mile round trip
Young patients can face an average round trip of 56 miles to the hospital in Edinburgh to receive treatment. The Home from Home gives the family the ability to stay together for longer, saving money on travel, food and energy bills.
CLIC Sargent is currently fundraising to replace the home and build a replacement in early summer 2018, as the hospital moves to a new site.
A total of £425,000 still needs to be raised in order to complete the build of the new home. Major supporter of CLIC Sargent, The Crerar Trust, has promised to match fund any donations up to that total.
A new home
The new home, set to be built on Old Dalkeith Road, will have nine en-suite family bedrooms, as well as communal kitchens, laundry, social areas and parking.
Miles Briggs said:
"I was very pleased to visit CLIC Villa and see first-hand the fantastic services it offers to young people with cancer and their families.
"It has helped scores of young people and their families and made a real difference to them as they have gone through their cancer treatment."
"I am delighted to give my full backing to the charity's positive plans for a new home to be built on the Old Dalkeith Road to be nearer to the new hospital and I encourage constituents and businesses across Lothian and further afield to give generously to the appeal to allow this vital development to go forward."
House Manager Mandy Tait said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Miles to CLIC Villa and show him the work that we do here to support young cancer patients and their families. He took a real interest in the work we do, and we are grateful for his support for our ongoing campaign.”
To support the appeal and help to create a Home from Home in Edinburgh, text “Home” to 70020 to donate £3 or visit our web page.