Family pay tribute to care services campaigner

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THE FAMILY of a Carnoustie woman who died recently after campaigning for many years for better care services say she was an inspiration to them all.

Linda Milne, who grew up in Monikie and Carnoustie and had been living in South Grange Nursing Home in Monifieth passed away last Thursday aged 41.

The former Mattocks Primary School and Carnoustie High School pupil had arthritis of the spine as well as a nervous disorder and had been suffering from pneumonia.

Linda along with her mum Ella and sister Carol Main launched a campaign several years ago to call for more government funding for care for young disabled people.

Her sister Carol paid tribute to Linda, describing her as a happy, smiley person and also thanked everybody that helped them in their campaign.

She said: “Linda was just an inspiration to us all by doing this campaign.

“She was also a great happy person with such an infectious laugh and we will have fond memories of her

“She had been ill quite a bit lately but she fought a brave battle right until the end.

“And now we just want to thank everybody that was involved in her life and the campaign including all the carers and the medical staff that looked after her.”

Linda attended Mattocks Primary and then Carnoustie High School before working at Age Concern Dundee in Broughty Ferry where she was a popular volunteer for 10 years.

After her arthritis began to deteriorate she moved to Riverside View Nursing Home but had to leave when owners Southern Cross Healthcare ended its registration with Tayside Health Board for the care of young physically disabled people.

It was then that Linda and her sister and mother launched the campaign to lobby for more care provision for young disabled people.

They collected a 1,200 name petition which was backed by then Angus MSP Andrew Welsh who presented it to the public petitions committee at Holyrood.

Linda then eventually moved to South Grange Nursing Home and her mother Ella said the family can’t thank the staff at the Monifieth home enough.

She added: “South Grange is a great place and the carers and medical staff looked after her so well.

“She was always very happy there.”

Linda’s funeral took place on Thursday at Selwoods in Carnoustie before moving to Dundee Crematorium.