Getting creative during coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped our staff pulling out all the stops to continue “doing the ordinary”. We’ve carried on supporting our children and protecting our key workers who continue to deliver compassionate care in these extraordinary times. 

The learning continues

Teaching staff have been working alongside care staff in the children’s cottages to deliver home learning and there has been a stronger sense than ever of our community really pulling together. 

Certainly it’s been a learning curve as our teams and children adjust to new ways of working but the process has also brought the chance to make wonderful new memories.

“Not many teachers get the opportunity to have dinner with their children and tuck them in at night”.

Harmeny teacher

Keeping active and arty

We’ve seen poster competitions to share the importance of hand washing, and patio games created with chalk to keep us active. The Easter bunny has appeared in windows, making a splash almost as large as the colourful banners in support of our NHS and key workers that local residents have enjoyed as they pass our gates on their daily walks.

Thinking of others

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, children across all our cottages are busy undertaking fundraising challenges to support others affected by coronavirus. Supported by our Care and Education teams over £1,000 has been raised for NHS staff via the Great Eason NHS walk around the perimeter of Eason Cottage. Plus a further £1,400 was raised for SocialBite to support the homeless through a Virtual Stair Climb to the top of Everest in Laurel House. Not to be outdone, Hawthorn and Holly Cottages are organising an Ice Bucket Challenge to drench staff member and former Hearts player Gary Mackay. At £5 a bucket, if the previous fundraising is anything to go by, Gary is going to be very wet and cold!

Thank you for your support

Thanks to donations of Easter eggs from Traquair House, Stirling Albion FC and Medusa Hairdressers our children still managed to keep the Easter Egg hunt tradition alive. Funds raised by Moore’s of Balerno from its sale of activity packs and games for children, plus a £500 donation from Currie and Balerno Round Table, will help us purchase additional equipment we need to keep our children entertained and educated during this challenging time. 

We have been touched by the kind messages and donations from Currie and Balerno residents and our supporters further afield who have let our children and staff know they are in their thoughts. This particular message from Edinburgh resident Betty Crichton put a smile on all our children’s faces. Betty knitted chicks for each child at Harmeny, accompanied by a Creme Egg for their Easter.

The continuing thoughtfulness of our supporters really helps keep us all going – thank you.