Art In Care Exhibition Draws The Crowds

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Kingdom Homes recently held an art exhibition in Kirkcaldy’s Community Hub to showcase the artistic talents of our residents. The event aimed, not only to show off the art work, but also to show that living in a care home can be a brand new beginning with the possibility to try something new.

The exhibition was a great success, attracting many visitors over the five days. Some of the projects which have been ongoing since the start of this year, enabled the wider community to be involved with schools, nurseries and residents’ families working together with the residents to produce some fine paintings, crafts and sculptures.

We asked Raith Rovers, our local football team to perform the official opening and they were delighted to help, sending Craig Easton and Roary Rover to cut the ribbon watched by a few of our residents, staff and children from Little Einsteins Nursery in Kirkcaldy (main picture above).


The children from Little Einsteins Nursery helped Methven House residents with their projects for the exhibition


There was a great variety of exhibits including paintings, drawings, poetry, knitting sculptures to name but a few

 Peter Smith is a talented artist – here he is with Raith Rovers coach, Craig Easton

A Cracking Response to John’s Easter Egg Quest

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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

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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.


Annual Staff Awards Night 2017

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It was another great evening at our annual Staff Awards night which was held at the Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy. Always a good reason for staff to forget their duties for one evening, let their hair down and enjoy themselves and celebrate their success. This year there were over 100 staff in attendance.

The evening kicked off with a welcome speech by Managing Director, Colin Smart. Margaret Smart, Care Director, presented the awards after which there was a buffet and disco.

This year SVQ candidates who have completed various level of qualifications in 2017 were presented with their certificates.

Staff who received Long Service Awards of 5, 10, 15 and 25 Years are pictured below (left). On the right are Sharon Adams and Steven Hunter who have each reached 25 years service and Julie Anderson and Shirley Crouch who have worked for Kingdom Homes for 30 years!


Employee of the Year award winners who are voted for by residents and their families and fellow colleagues. Congratulations everyone!

We had two Special Recognition award winners in 2017 – Robert Culross, (below left) chef at Roselea House, was recognised for his work in creating pureed food dishes for residents with swallowing difficulties and Ian Thomson (below right) who has been a Volunteer at Methven House in Kirkcaldy for more years than anyone can exactly remember and is thought very highly of by everyone there for his hard work.


During 2017 Kingdom Homes has also appointed Dementia Champions consisting of volunteers from staff at all roles, relatives and even a couple of residents who want to have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects their fellow residents who have been diagnosed with the condition. They were presented with forget-me-not pin badges to identify them within our care homes.


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!