Baillie backing Sawar to lead after Vale work
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie is backing Anas Sarwar to be Labour’s next leader as she said he knows exactly how important theVale of Leven Hospital is to local people.
The local politician spoke to the Lennox Herald yesterday (Tuesday) to give her support to the former Glasgow Central MP.
This follows Kezia Dugdale’s resignation last week saying the party needed a new leader with “fresh energy and a new mandate”.
Sarwar is currently acting leader while a permanent replacement is found.
Jackie said:“I was very keen to encourage Anas to stand. I am pleased he has thrown his hat into the ring.
“Anas has got great experience from Westminster but when he has been in the Scottish Parliament and in charge of the health brief he has been superb and has really done a great job.
“As people know my first priority at the moment is making sure theVale of Leven Hospital has a bright future.
“He understands the issues we’ve got at the Vale of Leven Hospital. I am very keen that the relationship continues.” Friends and family of a tragic Bonhill teenager who died suddenly have raised more than £5000 for charity in her memory.
Those closest to Samantha Dunion, who died in July following a massive epileptic seizure, collected a staggering £5479.69 for Epilepsy Scotland in a touching tribute to the 19-year-old, who her family say had a“zest for life.”
A group effort between her mum Janette, 50, and best friend Emma McSorely, 20, saw two events taking place in Samantha’s honour, while businesses across West Dunbartonshire also helped raise donations.
Janette took on a challenge her daughter dreamed of doing and zip-lined over the River Clyde on August 27, and even donned a superhero costume to earn herself some extra donations for the charity which was so important to her daughter.
Samantha’s best friend of 16 years, Emma, alongside a group of close friends of the vibrant teenager laced up their walking boots on the same day to climb Ben Lomond.
They released purple balloons at the top of the Munro in a tribute to Samantha, which Emma said was a great way to remember her friend.
Dumbarton businesses The Clipper and Cheers — where Samantha was well known — as well as colleagues at her work in Santander also collected money in charity buckets.
Janette, who faced her fear of heights to take part in the zipline, told the Lennox Herald:“My brother sent me the costume and told me that if I wore it to do the zip-line he would add more money to his donation and it just grew from there.
“Once I was finished someone said they would give me more money if I wore it to Asda, so I did.
“It was just a brilliant experience and I loved every minute of it and we had so many people with us for support on the day.”
Janette and Samantha’s dad Hugh, 53, also said the family were completely overwhelmed at the support they have received from Samantha’s family and friends to raise the money.
And there is set to be more fundraising efforts for Samantha next month, as her former colleagues at Halfords will be hosting a Psychic Night on October 1 to raise money for Epilespy Scotland.
Janette added:“It is just amazing and a real testament to Samantha that so many people got involved and rallied round to raise as much as we did.
“We are completely overwhelmed at the amount of money we managed to raise and every time I thought that was it, more and more donations just kept coming in.
“It’s clear she touched the lives of so many people and we can’t thank them all enough for their help and support.”
Vital Baillie and Sarwar on a visit to the Vale Hospital