HIGHLAND TOURISM AWARDS HELP CHAS WITH CHARITY WORK
The work of a charity that supports children with life-shortening conditions and their families has been assisted by a donation from the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA).
Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing and members of the HITA board presented a cheque for £3,485 to Angela Cran, an Inverness fundraiser for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) which assists over 380 families with specialist care across the country, including home care services from a base in Inverness.
The money was raised at the HITA winners’ ceremony held at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel, Inverness in November.
Angela said: “This really is an extremely generous donation from HITA and one that will help the work of CHAS across the Highlands and Islands.
“Our CHAS at Home team based in Inverness travels all over the region, providing a lifeline service to families. HITA’s fantastic gesture will not only assist financially, it will also provide a morale boost for our dedicated team and raise awareness of the services they provide on a daily basis.”
HITA Chair Craig Ewan said CHAS was selected for support because of the unique work done by its staff and volunteers through nursing care, practical help and emotional support, and providing Scotland’s only dedicated hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have incurable life-shortening conditions.
He added: “We are delighted to help in some way towards the incredibly important work being done by CHAS in this area to support families during times of extreme emotional and other demands.”
CHAS operates through its two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire – and also through CHAS at Home which has teams working from both hospices as well as dedicated staff in Inverness and Aberdeen, caring for families in their own homes when they need it most.
CHAS services are free and are funded mainly through a large number of fund-raising supporters who help to raise the £10 million it needs each year.
Each year, HITA identifies a different charity to receive funds to be raised at its November awards dinner that celebrates excellence in tourism activities including hospitality, dining, adventure activities, events and visitor service innovations. Last year, it donated £2,250 to the Parkinson’s UK research programme.
The 2016 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, now in their 12th year, were launched last month by tourism minister Fergus Ewing.
He said he expected HITA to build on a record-breaking 2015 which saw the highest number of entries and nominations in 15 categories.
The awards, which are held in association with SSE, are free to enter and businesses or individuals can put themselves forward for recognition or be nominated by customers or other individuals in 15 categories via the HITA website at www.highland-tourism-awards.co.uk