Colin Beattie MSP recently met representatives from Marie Curie to hear about the care they offer to local people living with a terminal illness.
In Midlothian, around 663 people each year need palliative care to relieve symptoms and improve their quality of life. Last year the Marie Curie nursing team made 290 visits to Lothian families.
Thanking the Marie Curie Nurses who deliver hands-on care at homes across Midlothian, Colin Beattie also congratulated his constituents for their generous donations to the charity, singling out the Marie Curie Dalkeith fundraising group for their support.
Mr Beattie (SNP) said: “It was lovely to meet some of the representatives from Marie Curie in my constituency office to hear more about what the organisation have been doing locally.
“It is clear that the team at Marie Curie work extremely hard in a job that requires a great deal of patience and compassion. They truly are some of the greatest unsung heroes in our society.”
Richard Meade, head of policy and public affairs for Marie Curie in Scotland said: “Thank you to Colin for highlighting the vital care and support terminally ill people need.
“We want everyone to have physical and emotional care to help them live as well as they can with terminal illness. At the end of life, that should also mean people have as much choice as possible and with Marie Curie support the difference might be that they can stay at home and spend precious time with loved ones.”