Help for local Care Homes & Sheltered Housing

(Note: thanks to a fantastic local response we now have enough TVs for the Highbank residents to each have one in their room – so thanks to all of you. We have also now received enough books and jigsaws for Glenesk Sheltered Housing and Highbank Care Home. You have been very generous and we appreciate all that you have offered).

Due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the 40 residents at Highbank Care Home on Bonnyrigg Road, Eskbank, all aged over 60, are currently having to remain in their rooms for up to 24 hrs a day. As a result, they’ve been left feeling isolated, without visitors, and unable to access their usual activities and, in a number of cases, with no TVs in their rooms. Hoewever, through the kindness of the local community they finally have something to smile about.

Local people have rallied to help the residents. Householders in Newbattle Abbey Crescent have donated a supply of welcome toiletries. With the generous help of Tesco Hardengreen and Dalkeith’s branch of WH Smith, Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council (ENCC) have provided arts and crafts materials, crossword puzzles and books to help keep the residents at Highbank occupied during the lockdown.   

Community Councillor Alan Symon, who belongs to the Rotary Club of Esk Valley, was also able to source TVs for the care home from other members.  “Thanks to the generosity of fellow Rotarians, more Highbank residents can watch TV in their rooms.” 

Many more TVs are still needed, up to a maximum size of 32″. If anyone has a spare TV set they’d like to donate, please contact ENCC and we will get back to you. We are helping Highbank by handling the TV donations, to let staff concentrate on caring for their residents. We can arrange a drop off point or collection – please do not bring TVs directly to Highbank yourself. If you are bringing them out of storage please check that they still work.

The first TVs were handed over to Katherine Malone, Manager of Highbank Care Home on Wednesday 29th April.

Pictured: Mike Smith, President of Rotary Club of Esk Valley (centre left) and his son, Grigor; ENCC Councillor, Alan Symon (centre right) and ENCC Treasurer, David McNeill

We also hear that Viewpoint Housing Association’s sheltered accomodation at Glenesk House (off Avenue Road) is looking for books, puzzles, jigsaws and suchlike for their residents. Again, can you contact ENCC at the email address above if you can donate anything.