THE only respite facility for suffers of multiple sclerosis in Scotland and the north of England is set to add another string to its bow.

East Lothian's Leuchie House will launch its day respite service next week, giving 18 people in the region additional support.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon will officially unveil the facility at North Berwick on Monday.

The centre will provide care for East Lothian sufferers one day a week, giving them access to top-of-the-range facilities and therapies and their carers a break.

It already receives £800,000 a year from the MS Society and is renowned as one of the finest respite set-ups in the country.

North Berwick Pipe Band and a choir from Loretto School will also be at the opening.

Mairi O'Keefe, manager of Leuchie House, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer this new service to people affected by MS in the East Lothian area. Leuchie House is already a well known and respected specialist facility.

"The people of East Lothian have been fantastically supportive of Leuchie over the years and we have wanted to do more for people in the local area for some time, so this is truly a special day for everyone here."