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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-20671

Tribute to Parkinson's UK Member, Mel Ballantyne

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, Jackie Baillie, Annabelle Ewing, Murdo Fraser, Jamie Halcro Johnston, James Kelly, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament commemorates the life of Mel Ballantyne of Craigrothie, who sadly passed away on 14 January 2020 at the age of 80; understands that Mel was an incredibly active member of Parkinson’s UK following his diagnosis at the age of 46; applauds the outstanding work of Mel and his wife, Jean, as committed members of Parkinson’s UK, who both used their experiences to improve the lives of others with Parkinson’s; acknowledges Mel’s outstanding achievements, which include coordinating local groups to support people with Parkinson’s and their families, persuading NHS Fife to appoint the board’s first two Parkinson’s nurses, helping to shape Parkinson’s UK’s Get it on Time campaign to make sure that people with Parkinson’s get their essential medication on time when they are in hospital, and for inspiring Jean to volunteer as a Parkinson’s UK educator in local care homes; congratulates Mel on being made an Honorary Life Member of Parkinson’s UK, and thanks him for his commitment to improving the lives of others in Fife, Scotland and beyond.