Iain spells out support for CHAS

Iain Gray MSP attended a drop-in event at parliament this week to pledge support for a new fundraising campaign from Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) called ‘Keep the Joy Alive’.

The campaign is calling on people across Scotland to spell out their names using alphabet stickers, designed by the children supported by CHAS services, and aims to boost awareness of the vital work the charity does as Scotland’s national children’s hospice service, supporting babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“I am delighted that CHAS has launched an ambitious new strategy that will mean many more families across Scotland will benefit from the world-class care and support it provides.

“I’m glad to support them and help to let more people know about the fantastic work they do. I also want to pay tribute to all who work for and volunteer for CHAS, including people in East Lothian, who make such a difference for so many families each and every day.”

CHAS teamed up with a group of creative youngsters supported by its services to design the organisation’s new look. The ‘CHAS Alphabet’ is made up of over 60 bright and beautiful letters, each with a unique story behind it relating to the designer.

The ambitious campaign aims to double the charities income over the next five years to help CHAS and the event was also opportunity for MSPs to learn more about the charities new strategy, Reaching Every Family in Scotland, which sets out the steps the charity will take over the next three years in order to reach every family in Scotland that needs its care.

CHAS Chief Executive, Maria McGill, said:

“It was great to see so many MSPs take time out to support our Keep the Joy Alive campaign by spelling out their names in the CHAS alphabet.  The drop-in session was a welcome opportunity to highlight the importance of high quality palliative care for babies, children and young people in Scotland and we can’t thank Miles Briggs enough for hosting the event.

“We believe that no family who is facing the heartbreak of losing a child should be without our support, but we cannot do this alone. We developed Reaching Every Family in consultation with individuals, organisations and most importantly the families we support and we will continue to work with them to deliver our vision.”

It is hoped that people across Scotland will back the campaign by spelling out their name in the new CHAS alphabet, which is available in sticker form, sharing it on social media and sending their CHAS name to the charity for them to collect. The names will be used to create a major event later this year.