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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.”

 

Champions for Dementia Focus

By | Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, News

Kingdom Homes director, Julie Anderson, is holding drop in sessions at each of the company’s care homes for anyone – staff, relatives and friends interested in becoming Dementia Champions. The first of these meetings took place at Lomond View Care Home in Falkland this week.

The sessions are intended to inform those who would like to learn more about activities and therapies which enhance the lives of residents with Dementia, enabling them to have meaningful and stimulating activity. It is the aim to have several Dementia Champions within each of our care homes delivering activities based on the “Namaste Care” principles founded in the USA by Joyce Simard.

There are many benefits to those with advanced dementia and if teamed up with the resident’s relative can bring back a closeness which may have diminished as the dementia illness has progressed.

For anyone who would like more information about becoming a Kingdom Homes Dementia Champion in any of our care homes please call Julie Anderson on 01592 722227.

 

Lomond View Family Tree

By | Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, News

This beautiful tree pictured above was painted by our very own Tori, a Kitchen Assistant at Lomond View Care Home. Tori created the tree as a foundation for Lomond View residents’ individual art work. Each leaf on the tree will be hand made by the residents, making it very personal to the home.

Over the next few weeks the tree will continue to grow as we add each resident’s contribution. The project, which has been met with lots of support and enthusiasm, is a celebration of the wonderful individuality of each resident in our care.

 

Another Wishing Well Request Fulfilled

By | Kingdom Homes News, Methven House News, News

For Elizabeth Blair, who lives at Methven House Nursing Home, Craigtoun Meadows Caravan Park holds special memories for this is where she and her husband set up their first home when they got married. Elizabeth asked if it would be possible for her to pay a visit there.

Accompanied by some members of her family Elizabeth set off on our minibus on Thursday 27th April. As we drove along roads Elizabeth had travelled many times she began reminiscing and recalled one day when her husband jumped out of the car, opened the passenger door and said to Elizabeth ” You’re driving now”. At the time Elizabeth hadn’t driven for years but she got behind the wheel she said, and soon got the hang of it again.

When we arrived at the caravan site Elizabeth guided us to the area where the caravan she owned had sat. Although the park had changed somewhat she knew the area very well. Now in need of a cuppa, Elizabeth and her family had a coffee in the on-site café.

Next we got back on the bus and drove to St Andrews for a spot of shopping. We also stopped for lunch on the way home and Elizabeth enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch and more coffee. All in all Elizabeth had a fabulous day out and we were delighted to be able to fulfil her wish.

 

Wishing Well Trip to Pitlochry

By | Kingdom Homes News, Lomond View News, News

Jeanette Paton, who lives at Lomond View Care Home in Falkland posted a wish in the home’s Wishing Well to take a trip out into the countryside with two of her special friends from Lomond View and so a day trip to the lovely town of Pitlochry in Perthshire was arranged.

Jeanette, Gwen and Margaret who spend a lot of time together had the use of one on our minibuses for their trip and were accompanied by Jane, the Receptionist at Lomond View and Morag, our Bus Escort and of course Tom, Minibus Driver.

They enjoyed a scenic trip through the country roads to Pitlochry where they had a leisurely lunch and then a bit of shopping before the weather unfortunately turned very stormy, whereupon they decided to head back to the bus and return to Lomond View.

In the photograph above Jeanette raises her glass in a toast as the ladies settle down to enjoy their lunch.