Margaret Kerr unit in Melrose reaches fundraising goal

Care unit appeal launch The Margaret Kerr Unit appeal was launched just over 15 months ago

A fundraising drive to raise the final £1m needed to build the first dedicated palliative care unit in the Scottish Borders has reached its target.

The Margaret Kerr Unit appeal was launched just over 15 months ago.

Appeal chairman James Marjoribanks said he was overwhelmed by the response from people in the Borders.

He thanked everyone who had contributed - particularly those who donated in memory of friends or relatives who would not benefit themselves.

The total cost of the new facility, named after the nurse whose bequest kickstarted the scheme, is £4.1m.

It is hoped it will be able to open to its first patients early next year.

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