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Jessie Griffen with Aileen Campbell MSP at the opening of the Scottish ParliamentA Forth woman, Jessie Griffen, has been named as a “Local Hero” by new South of Scotland MSP, Aileen Campbell. And in recognition of her achievements in setting up the Little Haven, she was invited to be Ms Campbell’s guest of honour at the official ceremony to mark the Third Session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.

The historic event continued the Scottish tradition of bringing together the people, the parliament and The Queen. Scotland's heritage was celebrated along with its modern achievements in a day that included a Riding down Edinburgh's Royal Mile and a free open air concert for more than 5,000 people. 'Local heroes' nominated by MSPs from all regions of Scotland took part in the Riding along with a diverse selection of community groups, performers, children, military bands, parliamentarians and local dignitaries.

Aileen Campbell invited Mrs Griffen following her work in setting up the Little Haven, a cancer respite centre in Forth, Lanarkshire.

Born and bred in Forth, Mrs Griffen had worked for some time with Forth Breast Cancer Care Group raising vital funds. But she had a vision for something more specific and after persuading South Lanarkshire Council to lease her a house and refurbish it, she set about raising money to staff the Little Haven.

Aileen Campbell said today: "This historic occasion was an important opportunity for the Parliament to acknowledge the significant achievements made by remarkable people across Scotland and Jessie is definitely in that category.

"She is a genuine local hero, a totally selfless person. She had a vision and she just went out and made it happen. She has given so much to her local community so it's only right that Jessie is one of our local heroes taking centre stage in the  celebrations."

Background

Jessie Griffen is a local woman born and bred in the Forth area. She initially worked with the Forth Breast Cancer Care Group which had a shop on the Main Street and raised funds through selling clothes donated to the group. Jessie however had a wider vision than this and had a project in mind - a cancer respite centre. She was the brains and driving force behind this scheme. She persuaded South Lanarkshire Council to lease them a house in the village and completely refurbish it. Called the Little Haven, it’s located in Manse Road. Having a base she set about recruiting nurses and therapists. Funding for these people has been and remains an issue but with the help of volunteers a large number of local people have been trained as counsellors and the centre has been up and running for the last two years. They are now looking to expand their services.

For further information on the day and for archived webcast footage please visit
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/session3

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Jessie Griffen with Aileen Campbell in the Garden Lobby at the opening of the third session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 30th June 2007. levitra acheter pharmacie, kamagra oral jelly 10 sachets, achat clomid france, propecia pharmacie

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