Today Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, congratulated the charity DadsWork following the launch of its Musselburgh-based community garden on Friday 18th August.
DadsWork provides help and support to fathers throughout East Lothian, through the use of support group, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children.
The garden is dedicated in honour of David Drysdale, a founder of Fathers Network and a trustee of DadsWork, who passed away just over a year ago as work was commencing on the garden.
Mr Beattie commented:
‘The garden is fantastic tribute to David’s memory. I’ve no doubt those who knew David, and those who were helped through his charitable work, would agree that this is a fitting way to remember him.
‘I’ve always been impressed by the support DadsWork provides to fathers throughout East Lothian. Raising a child takes a lot of mental strength and effort and new fathers can often feel the strain.
‘It would also be remiss of me not to mention the pizza oven DadsWork have installed in the garden. This is certainly unusual but I suspect many of us wouldn’t turn down such terrific pizzas!’