Home swap mum welcomes VIP guests
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.
From left: Councillor Thomas MacLennan chats to welfare minister, Margaret Burgess, and