MSP FOR Central Scotland Region, Margaret Mitchell visited a Hamilton charity shop on Wednesday (5th December) which helps to raise funds for people suffering from a rare group of skin conditions called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
DEBRA aims to support people with EB which describes a group of skin conditions leaving the skin very sensitive to touch. The charity has adopted a butterfly as its logo to reflect the thin and delicate skin of the condition’s sufferers.
The Hamilton branch of DEBRA, located in the town’s Newcross Shopping Centre hosts a variety of good quality donations but is always on the look-out for more to help in their fight against EB.
Margaret Mitchell met with shop managers and volunteers when she visited the store last week and was pleased to hear of all the great work they are doing in the community to raise of awareness of EB.
Commenting Central Scotland and Scottish Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell, said:
“DEBRA estimates that there are currently 5000 people in the UK living with Epidermolysis Bullosa in the UK, and around half a million worldwide.
“I wholeheartedly commend DEBRA with the vital work that they do. This is particularly important given there remains a distinct lack of awareness around EB despite the seriousness of the condition.
“Manager, Sara, and her staff in the Hamilton store help contribute towards new research which aims to eventually eradicate EB entirely, and also to support sufferers.
“It was really good to meet the DEBRA team in Hamilton and to hear about all the successes of the store.
“I was very pleased to lodge a motion in parliament, raising awareness of EB and the excellent work of DEBRA in Hamilton and across the UK.”