Julie Paterson — why I support Southpark Retirement Home, Edinburgh
This December, we're raising funds for four care homes and hospices across the country.
Each of those chosen has a special connection with our team.
First up, Julie Paterson, a secretary in our Edinburgh office, tells us about her experience with Southpark Retirement Home. An impressive house built in 1930, it was originally the home of the local mine manager and opened as a care home for ladies with dementia in 1984.
Here’s what Julie says —
"Putting a loved one into a care home is one of the most difficult and upsetting decisions a family can make.
"Southpark made this decision a lot easier for my family when we had to put my mum into care. Unlike other care homes which can be a bit 'clinical', Southpark has a warm, welcoming feel.
"My personal experience is one of high praise. The care, respect, commitment and dignity that is shown is second to none.
"Attention to detail on special occasions such as Christmas, Mothering Sunday, birthdays and so on was always made extra special with birthday cakes, family gatherings, sing songs and Trish the cook rustling up a three-course meal to have in the private sun room to make these occasions celebrated even more memorable.
"Cheryl, Steph and Charlene, the head care staff, are attentive in all aspects of their role they go above and beyond for any of “their ladies” or family members to ensure empathy and understanding is provided at all times, they are definitely the real heros!
"Even though mum has since passed away, I’m still in touch with the girls from the care home, they never miss a birthday or anniversary of my mum’s passing. They really are angels and Southpark will always hold a special place in my heart."
Funds raised for Southpark will go towards a “magic table”. This piece of interactive equipment stimulates movement and social interactions for people with dementia.
The firm is also fundraising for Northcote Lodge Care Home, Aberdeen; Strathcarron Hospice, Denny and Ballifeary House, Inverness, all of which do tremendous work.
If you do have some pennies to spare, please consider donating through our GoFundMe page.