Running for Neil McNicol

On 22nd September, local Arran lady Sarah Thomson will be running the Scottish 10K in Edinburgh raising funds for British Heart Foundation in memory of one of her best friends, Neil McNicol, who sadly died before his 60th birthday last year. Sarah has set up a Just Giving page to help raise money for the …

Prioritising Wellness

By local MSP Kenneth Gibson In a speech to the Technology, Entertainment. Design (TED) Summit in Edinburgh on 24 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP advocated for a focus on policies that promote wellbeing and not just economic growth, to help address the rise of alienation and disaffection from politics. In a world of growing …

A gathering to commemorate ArCas’ 30th anniversary

There was a short but meaningful gathering at Pirnmill on 16th May to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ArCas and in particular the contribution which founder, the late Frances Harwood, made in setting up the organisation. Douglas Johnston from ArCaS gratefully received a beautiful, hand crafted mahogany and wrought iron bench presented to the charity …

Saving the lives of mothers and babies

In this article North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson, reports on a debate she led at Westminster on an issue very close to her, concerning the dangerous condition in pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia. Every year, around 40,000 women globally die from complications in pregnancy because of a devastating condition called pre-eclampsia, a condition characterized …

The Healing Quality of Sound

On the recommendation of several people, last month the Voice went along to one of The Harmony Tree’s monthly Soundbaths at the Ormidale Pavillion in Brodick. Here, Jill from the Harmony Tree talks to the Voice about how she started working with Sound, how she uses it therapeutically to help people with a variety of …