Edinburgh’s MS Therapy Centre received a £1500 donation from Leith Rotary Club yesterday (Thursday). The money raised through a sponsored dragon boat race will be used to refresh ageing physiotherapy equipment.
The Bonnington Road centre, which has more than 200 members throughout Edinburgh, Fife, The Lothians and The Borders, helps those with Multiple Sclerosis by providing practical therapies such as physiotherapy and oxygen therapy as well as emotional support and advice.
Ian Webster, a member of Leith Rotary Club said: “We organised a Dragon Boat Event at Leith Docks some months ago which raised money for Local and National Charities. This is a legacy from this event. We chose to donate to the MS Therapy Centre as they are based in Leith, not far from our club and having spoken to some of the members and volunteers, we felt that it was a charity which gives real practical help and is well deserving of a donation.”
Katharine Jackson, Operational Manager, MS Therapy Centre added: “This is an astonishing amount of money and we are very grateful. We will put the money towards purchasing new equipment for exercise and physiotherapy, which will benefit our members considerably. It costs around £180,000 per year to run the Centre and we rely on donations such as this, so a big thank you to everyone who helped raise such a fantastic amount.”
Pictured (left to right): Ian Webster (Leith Rotary Club), Carole Macartney (Chairperson, MS Therapy Centre), Katharine Jackson (Operational Manager, MS Therapy Centre) and Stephanie Donaghey (Vice-president, Leith Rotary Club).