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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!

Therapy Ponies Visit Methven House

By | Methven House News, News

Therapy Ponies Scotland paid their first visit to Methven House in Kirkcaldy this week. Unbelievably it’s nearly two years since their first visit to Camilla House Nursing Home in Auchtertool. John and Elaine who provide this wonderful therapy service have visited most of our care homes with the miniature Shetland ponies but this was their first visit to Kingdom Homes “Lang Toun” care home.

Flicker and Applejack, looking splendid in their thick winter coats which had been carefully groomed until they gleamed, trotted in to say “hello”. First stop was the ground floor where residents were amazed at how calm and well behaved the wee ponies were.

 

After a ride in the lift Flicker and Applejack made more friends with residents on the middle and top floors and even went into some residents bedrooms to say hello.

 

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.

We Have Moved (But Not Too Far!)

By | News

Kingdom Homes Ltd is the proud owner of a new Head Office building located close to our previous offices in Kirkcaldy’s Mitchelston Industrial Estate. These offices have allowed our ever expanding accounts and administration function to “breath out” as we were finding Albion House a tight fit.

 The board room

We now have more individual offices, including a board room, meeting rooms and larger staff room. The new building also provides excellent training facilities for Kingdom Training to deliver training courses for our staff.

 The reception is a bright, welcoming area for visitors and staff

 Our new address is Unit 5, Mitchelston Drive, Mitchelston Industrial Estate, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3NF

 

Walking The Queensferry Crossing For Charity

By | Barrogil House News, Kingdom Homes News, News, Windmill House News

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

By | Craigie house News, Kingdom Homes News, News

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!

Jumping Through Hoops To Make Rab’s Day

By | Kingdom Homes News, Methven House News, News

Another Kingdom Homes Wishing Well request fulfilled. This time it was for Robert (Rab) Gibson who lives at Methven House Nursing Home in Kirkcaldy.

Rab has been a life long supporter of Celtic Football Club and we were delighted to arrange his request to tour Parkhead Stadium. He was accompanied by his son Barry and staff members Corrine and Heather who are also life long Celtic fans. The group were made to feel incredibly welcome by the staff at Parkhead and we can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and kindness.

As the photographs here show everyone had an amazing day and Rab would like to thank everyone involved in making his wish come true.

 

Browsing in the merchandise shop

North School Nursery Visit

By | Methven House News, News

The residents at Methven House Nursing Home were delighted to welcome some of the children from nearby North Primary School Nursery, back after their summer break.

 Together they made lovely bracelets from multi-coloured beads which the children were delighted to pose for the camera with.

Mrs Stowe accompanied the children on guitar singing some of the songs they have learned at the nursery much to the residents delight.

 After the singing there was just enough time for some fruit squash and biscuits before the children made their way back to school.

 The children were safely harnessed in together for their walk back to the nursery.

 

Peggy Takes To The Skies

By | Kingdom Homes News, News, Roselea House News

Peggy Brookes, who lives at Roselea House in Cowdenbeath, was walking back from a trip to the shops with Margaret Stewart, the care home manager when a helicopter passed overhead. Peggy said “I wouldn’t mind a trip in a helicopter as I’ve never been in one.”

Margaret submitted a wish on Peggy’s behalf to Kingdom Homes Wishing Well initiative and we were delighted to be able to arrange this. Peggy was accompanied by her daughter, grand-daughter and great-grand-daughter as well as care staff from Roselea House.

Peggy’s trip took her over Rosyth dockyard and the bridges over the Forth giving her a excellent view of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge which will be officially opened by the Queen next week. “It was just a remark that I made never thinking it would actually happen. I was thrilled to get the chance to be able to get a close up of the new Queensferry Crossing.”