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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, Managing Director, 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.

 Colin & Margaret Smart 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.

 

Gone Fishin’

By | Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, News

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

By | Fernlea House News, Kingdom Homes News, News

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

By | Kingdom Homes News, News

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.