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Eileen McCallum Trust Donation

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Scottish actress Eileen McCallum visited Rachel House Children’s Hospice on Monday 11 February to present CHAS with a vital piece of equipment worth £4,500 for boys and young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Eileen presented the equipment, called a cough assist machine, to CHAS on behalf of the Eileen McCallum Trust – a charity that has been set up by families in Scotland to provide financial support for people affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The charity was named after Eileen following her tireless campaigning for increased awareness and funding for Duchenne, after her two grandsons were diagnosed with the condition.

The cough assist machine is a piece of equipment that improves breathing by increasing lung capacity in young adults with Duchenne.

Sue Hogg, Care Director at Rachel House said, “This new equipment will be very useful to CHAS when we have boys and young adults with Duchenne staying at Rachel house or Robin House. We were actually in the process of ordering a cough assist machine when the Eileen McCallum Trust got in touch – so this generous donation has been timed perfectly. We are incredibly grateful to the Trust and for Eileen herself for sparing the time to personally present it to us.” 

Eileen McCallum said, “Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a condition very close to my heart and I am delighted to see the Eileen McCallum Trust reaching out to CHAS to help fund this incredibly important machine. My two grandsons visit Rachel House Children’s Hospice for respite breaks and they love it here, so it is particularly special for me to know that this donation unites two charities that both help to improve the quality of life for boys with Duchenne.

Eileen is pictured with Kenny Munro from the Eileen McCallum Trust and Mykel Day.

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