Home swap mum wel­comes VIP guests

The Oban Times - - News -

A MUM who had to move house for health rea­sons, wel­comed the Scot­tish wel­fare min­is­ter into her home as part of a new hous­ing scheme launch.

Jessie An­der­son, 41, of Fort Wil­liam, suf­fers from heart dis­ease, which forced her to give up a three bed­room house in the town when her health de­te­ri­o­rated. Af­ter months of con­sul­ta­tions with Lochaber Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, High­land coun­cil and med­i­cal con­sul­tants, Jessie se­cured a newly-built ground floor flat at McAndie court.

Miss An­der­son, mum to 11-year- old Broc, said: ‘I was in a big house at An Aird. My health de­te­ri­o­rated. I get breath­less, black­outs and chest pains. They have wors­ened and have be­come more fre­quent. I get them ev­ery day now. Walk­ing isn’t easy for me ei­ther. In my last house I had to sleep down­stairs. I thought about mov­ing last year and, with sup­port from the coun­cil and my con­sul­tants, it has gone re­ally well.’

Scot­tish gov­ern­ment wel­fare min­is­ter, Mar­garet Burgess, was in the area to open the 21-house es­tate in the town, af­ter fund­ing of £1.5mil­lion was granted to Glen­lochy Busi­ness Park to turn the old dis­tillery into homes. Now Miss An­der- son also lives be­low her eldest daugh­ter, Aleasha Mac­Don­ald, 20, who pro­vides sup­port for her and Broc.

Mrs Burgess also at­tended a Fairer Scot­land event at Vol­un­tary Ac­tion Lochaber (VAL) in the af­ter­noon. There she heard a range of third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions and pupils from Lochaber high school dis­cuss is­sues that are im­por­tant to the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of Lochaber.

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From left: Coun­cil­lor Thomas Ma­cLen­nan chats to wel­fare min­is­ter, Mar­garet Burgess, and

Jessie An­der­son.

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