For many many years the Rotary Club of Girvan have supported CHAS and it is estimated that they and the people of Girvan and Dailly have donated over £32,000 to them over the years.
Recently Girvan Rotary had the pleasure of a full time CHAS worker come to talk to them at one of their regular meetings in the Royal Hotel Girvan. Samantha Reilly, talked about the work of CHAS and in particular its last very exciting three years where the charity has broadened its base and now helps many more families and children.
Samantha said that 'Through our hospices, home care services and hospital presence, CHAS provides palliative care, family respite and support throughout Scotland. Knowing that your child may die before you do, is the unthinkable reality that thousands of families across Scotland have to cope with every day.'
She talked about the CHAS at Home Team, who care for children and young people in their own homes all across Scotland in between hospice visits or when they are too ill to travel. Generally the support is short term but it is regularly assessed to ensure it meets the needs of each individual family. For families who live in isolated areas in particular, the service is a lifeline. Right now, CHAS only have enough money to help one in three families.
Near the end of Samantha's visit the Girvan Rotary President, Mr John Andrew, gave Samantha a cheque for £200. It is traditional in the Girvan Club that near the end of the Presidents term in office he is given a sum of money to donate to any Charity of his choice, and John chose CHAS.
Samantha works tirelessly for CHAS and the Club were so grateful that she took the time to come and talk to us here in Girvan. The Club wished her well and have always been very appreciative of her efforts she is the face of the charity to many and she does it so well.