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Wishing Well Trip To Edinburgh’s Christmas Market

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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

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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

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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.


Gone Fishin’

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Tom McKenzie who lives at Lomond View care home in Falkland enjoyed fishing as a hobby in his younger days and submitted a request to our Wishing Well to spend a day on the River Tay. The Willowgate Trout & Salmon Fishery near Perth very kindly allowed Tom to fish free of charge and a member of their team was on hand to help and give tips throughout the day.

Tom was accompanied by Kingdom Homes minibus driver and escort, Tom Slowey and Morag McGeehan.


Tom proved he hasn’t lost any of his skills, catching a lovely trout which was returned to the river to swim away safely.Tom thoroughly enjoyed his day out and on his behalf we would like to thank The Willowgate Trout & Salmon Fishery folks for their help in making this wish come true in such a lovely spot of countryside.

Clem’s Super Fast Wishing Well Experience

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Clement Visser, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, has always had a huge interest in cars and they don’t come much more special than a Ferrari! With the help of Knockhill Race Circuit we were able to deliver Clem’s wish to experience a trip in the famous race car.

On a very cold morning, with snow threatening we set off from Fernlea House in Kingdom Homes minibus. Luckily although still cold the snow stayed away as we arrived at Knockhill and after checking in we found we had time to relax with coffee and biscuits before Knockhill driver Richard arrived to escort us down to the pit lane. Clem was able to chose between a drive in the Ferrari or an Aston Martin (what a dilemma!) but decided to stick with the Ferrari.

Being a tall gentleman it was a tight squeeze but once in the passenger seat he was safely belted in.

When the track lights changed to green they were off for 3 laps round the racetrack, reaching speeds of up to 100mph down the straight!

The smile on Clem’s face as they returned to the pit lane showed just how much he had enjoyed this thrilling drive and he had a good look at the engine while Richard explained the technicalities of the car.

We had lunch in the restaurant at Knockhill before boarding the minibus and driving back to Cardenden at a slightly more sedate pace than the Ferrari had set!

From A Windmill to a Willow

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Windmill House Nursing Home in Anstruther, which joined the Kingdom Homes group of care homes in March 2016, has been renamed Willow House. Ownership has been officially transferred to Kingdom Homes Ltd from Eastneuk Healthcare and the registration completed with the Care Inspectorate. A new name was chosen to mark these changes.

There will be no changes for staff or residents at this time and Kingdom Homes Ltd will continue to invest in the service as they have been doing since March last year. In the photograph above is Willow House Manager, Liam Duncan.

Walking The Queensferry Crossing For Charity

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When the chance arose for the public to walk the new Queensferry Crossing before it officially opened as a motorway Liam Duncan, Maria Hutchison and John Park applied to take part. They also asked people to sponsor their walk to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity – Melissa Crouch Fund, a charity that is special to everyone associated with Kingdom Homes Ltd.

The weather for the walk was ideal – dry, sunny and not too windy.

To date the total funds raised hasn’t been calculated but will be updated here as soon as all sponsorship money is collected in. Meantime Maria, John and Liam would like to thank all friends, family and colleagues who sponsored them.

 There was a chance to have their photos taken with Nicola Sturgeon before they set off.


 The views of the other two bridges and Port Edgar marina were spectacular.

There were some interesting statistics about the new crossing to read at various points on the way.



Nancy’s Trip To The Theatre

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Nancy Donnelly, who lives at Craigie House in Crossgates, submitted a request through the Wishing Well to go to a show. On learning that The Steamie was showing at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy Nancy chose to go there. The play is currently touring to celebrate it’s 30 year anniversary but Nancy hadn’t seen it previously. At the end of the day Nancy said she’d had a really lovely time!

 Here’s Nancy, ready for her day out, as they set off on our minibus from Craigie House.

First of all Nancy and Gemma, – Craigie’s Activities Co-ordinator, went for lunch at Home Farm View in Kirkcaldy.

Time for a wee selfie once they were settled in the theatre

 Curtain up!