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Alex’s Kind Gift To Kingdom Homes Residents

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Kingdom Homes has received the most generous gift of a treasured collection of model locomotives, magazines and DVDs, thanks to a local gentleman, Alex Peter, who came along to the Open Day at our newest care home – Walton House in Leven.

The photographs here show just some of the models donated. The memorabilia has been collected over many years and is in pristine condition with some items still in the original packaging. Mr Peter passed the collection on, hoping that it will bring delight to our residents and be a reminder of our railway history.

Some of the trains have already been put on display in Walton House and Mr Peter was invited back to see how they look in the specially made presentation case. We plan to showcase the remainder of his collection in some of our other care homes.

Many thanks Mr Peter!

Cheers as Willow House Opens Its Own Pub

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

Willow House in Cellardyke is the first of Kingdom Homes care homes to open its very own pub where residents can meet for a quick tipple and a chat and best of all – the drinks are free! The idea to turn a summer house in the garden into a pub was put forward during residents meetings and then to families at a relatives focus group. Transforming the summer house was a real team effort with staff, their spouses and residents families all pitching in to help. Caroline McCallum, a Domestic Assistant at Willow House, offered to project manage spending a lot of her own time helping out. The residents were consulted throughout the project, even the colour scheme and decor. When it came to naming the pub several names were shortlisted but the residents settled on “The Hip Joint” as a rather amusing but appropriate name given that its customer can discuss the problems we all have with our hips as we get older and “hip” as the word meant in the swinging sixties.

Gareth Watson, whose wife Caitlin is a Senior Care Assistant at Willow, constructed a bar and seating area from wood donated by a local contractor. Local pubs donated optics, ice buckets etc, relatives of residents donated alcohol – all in all a real community project evolved.

Willow House resident, Moira Lang, volunteered to officially open the pub and wrote her own speech which is now framed on the wall in the pub. The press became interested in the project and sent a photographer along to take photos with The Hip Joint hitting the front page of The Courier newspaper.

 The windows were covered until the pub was officially opened to prolong the surprise of the finished interior.

 Moira delivering her speech with Liam Duncan, Willow House Manager and Caroline McCallum looking on.

 Cheers! – Moira becomes the bar’s first customer

Kingdom Homes Adds Another Care Home To The Group

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

We are delighted to announce that Finavon Court Care Home in Glenrothes officially became part of the Kingdom Homes group today, 31st May 2018. The 24-bedroom purpose built care home was previously owned by the Bield Housing & Care organisation and provides residential care for older people. The care home had been threatened with closure but the purchase by Kingdom Homes means that residents will transfer over without any disruption to their lives and staff will keep their jobs.

Colin Smart said that he is delighted to welcome the residents and staff to the Kingdom Homes family, making this the twelfth care home owned and operated by the Group in Fife. Over the next few months Kingdom Homes will continue to invest in the future of Finavon Court, following the tried and tested model of the other care homes in our Group.

The handover took place at midday with Charlie Dickson and Caryn Innes there to represent Bield.

 (left – right) Margaret and Colin Smart, owners of Kingdom Homes with Charlie Dickson & Caryn Innes.

 Staff members Elaine Mowat and Ann Allan in their new Kingdom Homes tunics.

A Cracking Response to John’s Easter Egg Quest

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

John McCabe, Head Chef at Preston House Glenrothes, organised a collection of Easter eggs for the pupils of John Fergus School Glenrothes and the Childrens Ward at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. The response from staff, residents and their families was tremendous.
John would like to thank everyone for their support, including Ryan Wallace who organised a collection at our Head Office too. In total over 100 eggs were handed in.
A few pupils from John Fergus School called in to Preston House to meet the residents and choose an Easter egg for each of the 24 pupils at the school. The remaining eggs were delivered to the Victoria Hospital in time for Easter.

An Egg-cellent result!

Below – John delivered the Easter eggs to Pamela Shannon at the childrens ward in Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

 

Wishing Well Trip To Edinburgh’s Christmas Market

By | Craigie house News, Kingdom Homes News, News

Craigie House residents Jack & Margaret Robertson and Nancy Donnelly wished for a trip to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market and so an outing was organised for the three of them. As you can see they all had a lovely day out.

Well wrapped up to keep out the cold, here they are with Gemma, Craigie’s Activities Co-ordinator

Jack with Margaret, our bus escort

Some of the lovely handmade chocolates were tempting!

Kind Hearted People at Preston House

By | Kingdom Homes News, News, Preston House News

John McCabe, Head Chef at Preston House in Glenrothes, organised a collection within the nursing home for toys and sweets for children in hospital over Christmas. Leaving a box in reception John was amazed by the huge response as the donations came piling in and the box had to be emptied to make room for all the lovely toys and goodies handed in by residents, visitors, suppliers and staff.

Here they are as the appeal ended and the donations were split between the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh and the Childrens Ward at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. John would like to offer his thanks to everyone who supported the appeal.

Two of Preston House residents – John McDowall and Alice Davidson accompanied John to the two hospitals to deliver the goodies.

 

Wishing Well Visit to See Daniel O’Donnell

By | Fernlea House News, Kingdom Homes News, News

Margaret Wallace (pictured above) has been a fan of Daniel O’Donnell for many years and when she realised he was appearing at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow she popped a request in the Wishing Well to go to the concert.

Margaret, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, had her wish granted and was joined by some of her friends from Fernlea – Norma Watson, Margaret Connor and Isobel Daly. Daniel O’Donnell’s management company very generously gave free tickets for the 3 members of staff who accompanied the ladies.

On the minibus, on the journey to Glasgow, the ladies listened to Daniel’s latest CD to get them in the mood for the concert. The ladies also had tee-shirts specially printed to wear. By all accounts they had an absolute ball and thought the concert was brilliant. Thank you very much to Daniel’s management for helping out with the tickets.

 They had time for a quick drink before the concert started.