Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay highlights Maisie Anderson's tireless campaigning in Parliament

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has paid tribute to the tireless campaigning by Kirkcudbright teenager Maisie Anderson.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP highlighted Maisie’s work in securing Freestyle Libre Devices for Type 1 Diabetes sufferers in a debate celebrating the Year of Young People.

In December 2018, Maisie was named as Dumfries and Galloway’s Young Person of the Year at their first Youth Awards, which Mr Carson was keen to highlight in the Parliament.

He worked closely with Maisie’s Mum Soenaid on the campaign, bringing it to the attention of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, but was keen to stress that Maisie’s campaigning was what secured the devices as a prescription on the NHS.

In his speech, Finlay Carson MSP said: “I will finish by highlighting one example of the remarkable youngsters in my constituency.

“Maisie Anderson, was named Dumfries and Galloway’s young person of the year in the council’s first annual youth awards and also won the health and wellbeing award.

“She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2014 and became seriously ill. After bouncing back, she has campaigned tirelessly, along with her mum, Soenaid, for Freestyle Libre devices to be made available to all type 1 diabetes sufferers in Dumfries and Galloway.

“I raised the matter with the First Minister, but it was Maisie’s campaigning that made a difference and we were all delighted when the Scottish Government announced that the skin sensor would be made available on the NHS as a prescription.”

Speaking afterwards Finlay Carson said: “Maisie is an absolute inspiration and I was delighted to take the opportunity to highlight her tireless efforts in the Scottish Parliament.

“Her campaigning secured a device which has huge benefits for those suffering with Type 1 diabetes, and is exactly the sort of story to highlight the success of the Year of Young People.

“She was a well-deserved winner of the Young Person of the Year award and has delivered a lasting legacy for those she was campaigning for.”