AN EAST Lothian charity has been nominated for two awards in the upcoming Scottish Charity Awards 2022.

Leuchie House, Scotland’s national respite centre, has been shortlisted for Campaign of the Year for its Big Hare Trail, which raised more than £193,000, and also the Digital Citizen award.

The glitzy ceremony takes place on Wednesday at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, hosted by the BBC’s Sally Magnusson.

Leuchie House, near North Berwick, provides short stays and holiday breaks for people with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and motor neurone disease (MND).

The awards are run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), celebrating the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector and honouring charities for their invaluable service to the community.

Mark Bevan, CEO at Leuchie House, said: “Meeting changing needs in the fast-changing times of the past two years has been a challenge for us all and Leuchie House responded by looking for new opportunities to reimagine respite and fundraising.

“We had a unique fundraising campaign which involved all of the guests and local community, and we have created entirely new ways of reaching into people’s homes to provide respite, creating new opportunities for guests, supporters and for our charity.”

Leuchie’s second nomination comes in the Digital Citizen category, honouring charities which have embraced technology and innovation.

Mr Bevan added: “We are particularly proud to have established a new Centre for Enabling Technology, led by a skilled team, which empowers people affected by conditions such as MS, MND and Parkinson’s to enjoy greater independence, both at Leuchie and when they return home.

“We have installed SMART technology in all of our bedrooms, embarked on an exciting partnership with the National Robotarium, and saved the NHS thousands through a digital pressure sore mapping system.”

Leuchie House could also take home a third potential prize, the People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public.