From the Hunter and Lass to Penicuik in the Park

Monday May 29th 2023

CG with Blood Bikes Scotland 27.05.23

Christine Grahame visited the Blood Bikes Scotland stall at Penicuik in the Park.

Christine Grahame MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View

Thursday and Penicuik installation of the Hunter and his Lass was as usual a great success.

This was the culmination of a lovely evening with charming and skilled dancing, and the jokes of Damien from Sacred Heart who won the talent competition. These were delivered with confidence and aplomb so move over Kevin Bridges.

We were all still indoors at the Town Hall and I hope some time when finances allow we can have an external platform, although the new steps to the Town Hall are very posh and grand.

Friday I was back doing my regular Penicuik TESCO surgery which always has constituents at the ready and on Saturday back again to Penicuik in the Park.

The weather, which has had its ups and downs over the years was just fine, and I didn’t mind the stiff breeze though guy ropes were being really tested.

I stopped by many a stall but in particular at the Blood Bikes Scotland stall. This was their first visit to Penicuik in the Park and I am arranging I hope to have them bring their motor bikes to the Parliament. What they do is what it says they do, completely free of charge, transporting blood and other test samples from wards to laboratories.

They also deliver medication to patient’s homes and support GPs, District Nurses, Care Homes and Community Hospitals with the transport of small urgent items. Speed can be of the essence and the motorbikes can manoeuvre through heavy traffic but they also save the NHS being free. Good stuff all round. I look forward to seeing them one day soon at Parliament as I am sure my colleagues will learn a lot from them.

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