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Briggs backs fundraising effort for new Jak’s Den.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is backing the newly launched fundraising campaign by the Team Jak Foundation to raise £180,000.00 for a new, larger home for Jak’s Den, the safe haven in Livingston for young cancer patients and their families and friends. Miles had today tabled a Parliamentary motion at Holyrood encouraging people to support the crowdfunding appeal which, if successful, will allow a new Jak’s Den to be opened at Ochil House in Livingston as early as Spring next year.

Speaking today Miles, who has previously visited Jak’s Den, said:

“ I commend Allison Barr for developing exciting plans for an expanded Jak’s Den with fantastic new facilities that will be able to help even more children with cancer and their families.

“ Allison’s work in setting up the Team Jak Foundation and Jak’s Den following the tragic death of her own son is inspirational and having visited the current Jak’s Den I know just what a difference it makes to so many local families.

“ I wish the crowdfunding campaign every success and encourage people across Lothian to give as generously as they can to the appeal and allow the charity to support even more local children and families in the future.”

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* Please see below a copy of the motion as tabled today.

Motion Number: S5M-07824
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 21/09/2017

Title: Team Jak Foundation Aims for New Jak’s Den

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Livingston-based Team Jak Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £180,000 for a new Jak’s Den, which could be opened as early as Spring 2018 in Ochil House in Livingston; notes that the present den is a safe haven for young cancer patients, their family and friends, which provides emotional support and therapy and is currently working with around 64 families; acknowledges that it was opened in 2015 by Allison Barr, who established the foundation and den in memory of her teenage son, Jak Trueman, who tragically lost his life to blood cancer; understands that the new den will be larger and will offer many more facilities for families including the provision of a neutropenic café as well as indoor and outdoor spaces for music, play and other therapies; commends the inspiring work of Allison and the fantastic and valuable services offered by Jak’s Den, and hopes that people will donate generously to the crowdfunding appeal, which has been launched to coincide what would have been Jak’s 18th birthday, by visiting mydonate.bt.com/events/jaksden180000. 

Miles Briggs