MSP Jackie Baillie with Gordon Paterson and supporters of the campaign.
MSP Jackie Baillie, has pledged her support for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland’s ‘No Life Half Lived’ campaign which aims to reach over 250,000 people in Scotland by 2021. The campaign highlights that one in five people are affected by conditions such as stroke, asthma, coronary heart disease, chronic lung disease and heart failure. As part of the campaign, they aim to take action on a number of key issues including waiting times for therapy, better diagnosis of conditions, tackling social isolation and mental health. In July, the charity will undertake a national survey of people’s experience of living with the conditions which they support. They are aiming to get responses from as many people with a range of conditions right across Scotland. Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland have community hubs and shops right across the country, including one in Dumbarton.
Jackie Baillie said: “The Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland campaign is a fantastic opportunity to reach as many people in Scotland as possible. One in five people experiencing these conditions across Scotland represents thousands of people who can be helped by the charity with their range of services. I was grateful to have the opportunity to support the campaign in the Scottish Parliament and meet inspirational fundraiser Gordon Paterson. I would encourage any constituents living with one of the conditions supported by the charity to get involved in their national survey. It is crucial that we have a representative picture of first hand experiences in order to tackle some of the issues going forward.”
Details of the No Life Half Lived campaign available at https://www.chss.org.uk/us/strategy/