KINROSS' Rachel House received a fresh boost to its Christmas appeal with an MP now backing the campaign.

Run by the Children's Hospices Association Scotland (CHAS), the charity provides for children with life shortening conditions and their families.

The organisation needs to double its income to reach more families that need its care and is hoping the public will donate to the 'Keep the Joy Alive' campaign.

MP Luke Graham is now supporting the effort and visited the Kinross hospice recently.

He said: “I have been keen to visit Rachel House since my election and I was pleased to be able to do so and see the important work they do for these children.

“Rachel House are such an important part of the community here in Kinross-shire, and they do such fantastic work in often heart-breaking circumstances. That is why so it is so important that we help them out as the season of goodwill approaches.

“I am delighted to lend my support to their campaign.”

Maria McGill, CEO of CHAS, added: “I was really pleased to welcome Luke to Rachel House and for him to meet with families and staff and learn more about how we support children and their families across Scotland.

“We’re delighted that Luke is backing our Christmas appeal.

“This year we want to raise £153,000 to celebrate 12 magical days of festive fun at CHAS and there is so many ways people can help with this – either through a donation or hosting their own fundraising event. So please give one of our fundraising offices a call to find out more.”

To donate, visit chas.org.uk