About Leuchie House
The vital support we offer
Leuchie is a national charity dedicated to supporting people living with the long term effects of a range of neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and Stroke through individualised short respite breaks, as well as an essential break for their carers.
We aim to be more than just a change of caring environment and instead offer a wonderful holiday experience, enabled by our 24-hour nursing and care. We run a number of projects to enhance the well-being of our guests during their stay, and in the hope that the benefits they experience last long after they’ve returned home.
Becoming an independent charity
In June 2010, the MS Society took the decision to close its four respite centres in the UK, including Leuchie House.
Following a high profile Save Leuchie campaign, our patron, Mairi O’Keefe, secured a support package which allowed Leuchie House to be set up as an independent charity.
Launching on 4 July 2011, the new status has enabled Leuchie to widen its reach, and to provide a vital package that has improved the lives of thousands of people with MS and other neurological conditions.
We are the ONLY service of our kind in Scotland
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Hare to Stay
The theme Hare to Stay was chosen as a fun way to celebrate Leuchie’s 10th anniversary as an independent charity and to raise vital funding to ensure we’re Hare to Stay for the future!
The Covid-19 pandemic makes this theme all the more important, not just for Leuchie House, but for the many local businesses and individuals who have been affected. The Big Hare Trail comprises a key element of this year’s celebrations.
While we took the decision to temporarily suspend our respite service throughout the lockdowns for the safety of our guests, we were able to use our highly skilled staff and facilities to support the NHS by accepting patients who were in hospital, but did not require intensive medical care.
We are over the moon to finally be supporting our usual guests again. The need for respite has never been greater. The number of unpaid carers in Scotland having grown from 729,000 to 1.1 million throughout the pandemic. Many carers have been shielding alongside their loved ones to protect them from contracting the virus while their usual support networks having been disrupted or suspended. They are now exhausted and in desperate need of a break.
Our Event Partner
Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. They bring together businesses and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures.
Since 2008, Wild in Art has been inspiring, educating and entertaining towns and cities across the UK and the world with its award-winning trails of uniquely painted sculptures – including penguins in Dundee, dolphins in Aberdeen, the Oor Wullies in Edinburgh and now hares in East Lothian!
In total Wild in Art events have:
- attracted millions of visitors to host towns and cities
- contributed over £2.4 million to local creative communities
- involved over 850,000 young people in its education initiatives.
For further information about Wild in Art, visit www.wildinart.co.uk.
Many thousands of visitors will walk the trail, talk about the trail and share photos and personal highlights on social media. In the last four years, Wild in Art events have recorded an economic impact of more than £100 million.