The Abbey Care Home thanks relatives and the community for successfully raising funds for their juke box

A couple of weeks ago, ELHSCP’s Abbey Care Home featured a juke box as part of their 50s Week celebrations.

Kayreen Jones, Manager at The Abbey says:

We had a juke box on loan from Fair City Amusements as part of our celebration. This gave so much enjoyment to our residents, for whom dancing and singing to the juke box brought back many good memories from times past. There was a lot of fun and laughter and it helped all of us to keep fit and get in some good daily exercise. It made such a positive difference that we asked Fair City Amusements to sell it to us and they agreed.

‘So, my colleague Deborah Hamilton set up a Go Fund Me page to see if people would make a donation to the Residents Welfare Fund to help us buy it. This is a separate fund which was established by The Abbey solely to support activities that benefit residents. It is entirely separate from our mainstream funding that covers the day-to-day running of The Abbey.

‘We have been totally blown away by the generosity of our staff, residents’ families and members of the community for their juke-box donations. We raised a total of £3,148 on Go Fund Me and £230 in cash donations in one week!  I cannot thank them all enough.’

East Lothian IJB Chair Councillor Fiona O’Donnell adds:

‘I think this is just brilliant and just shows what amazing community spirit surrounds The Abbey. The juke box is such a good idea and must stimulate lots of wonderful memories. It’s a great contribution to the health and wellbeing of everyone at The Abbey. When the visiting restrictions allow, I am really keen to see the juke box, residents and staff in action.

‘I’d just like to echo all that Kayreen has said about people’s generosity too and thank her and her team for being so creative in supporting residents and families to keep cheerful in these very difficult times.’

Published: Monday, 19th October 2020