Central Rotary launch hoist fund for Abbey Court

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Central Buchan Rotary Club has been busy supporting Mintlaw’s Abbey Court in a variety of ways.

Whether it’s been through financial donations, or spending time arranging events such as the Easter Bonnet competitio, Roraians have been keen to get involved.

At Christmas they even popped along and ‘entertainied’ residents (We use the word advisedly, Ed) with Christmas carols sung by members and with the fantastic backing of Peterhead Choral Society.

Derek Jennings, president of Central Buchan Rotary, explained: “Abbey Court is a fantastic facility for those who need that bit of extra care but still crave independence.

“We know there are some things staff would like to change, most of them are outwith our capabilities, but we did identify a need that we think if we all work together we can make a change for the benefit of all the residents.”

Central Buchan Rotary have now thrown their weight behind a campaign to purchase a hoist to enable residents to use the bath that was installed when the building was erected.

Derek said: “It is a real shame that this bathroom is sitting unused, as we are sure a lot of the residents would love a soak in a bath for their aches and pains.

“We have been given an approximate cost for the hoist of £4,000, but to have the facility of a ‘bathroom’ and not be able to use the bath is a situation that must be rectified.

“We are only a small Rotary Club, but we are going to donate £500 to kickstart the fund and we will continue to do specific fundraising activities to try and raise some more.”

A Rotarian whose late father was a resident at Abbey Court has donated £350 from the collection at his funeral.

Derek continued: “We are also approaching various organisations within our community for support in this.

“One of our members is holding an Abbey Court Hoist Fund Open House at her home at Mill Croft, Inverquhomery on the May 31 at 1pm. The entrance fee is just £2 which includes wine and refreshments with a whole host of activities, including sales tables with all proceeds again going to the Hoist Fund.”

You can follow the fund on the Blue Peter-type ‘totaliser’ in the foyer of Abbey Court which Rotary will keep updating as donations come in.