Nurse raises funds

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A Laurencekirk nurse who volunteered to swim hundreds of lengths of a local swimming pool has succeeded in raising hundreds of pounds for the nursing home she works in.

Euna Macdonald completed 200 lengths of Montrose Swimming Pool to help raise money for Kirk Lodge Nursing Home in Laurencekirk.

Two hundred lengths of the 25m pool equates to 5000 metres meaning Euna swam 5 kilometres which is just over three miles.

The Kirk Lodge Nurse raised over £500 and the money will go towards the nursing home’s entertainment fund.

The entertainment fund pays for activities within the nursing home to get the residents involved together.

They offer many fun and social activities meaning the residents in the home do not get excluded and isolated and always have something to take part in at the same time as having a laugh with each other and keeping their minds and bodies active.

Carer and Activities Co-ordinater Catherine Bain said: “We get the residents involved in many different activities which all of course cost money.

“We have quizzes, different exercise groups and many other events going on for the residents here, and they all thoroughly enjoy them, but of course we need to raise money to enable them to go ahead.

“The entertainment fund is a great because when I first left school many years ago I remember doing a placement in a nursing home. I recall the depressing feeling of the place because in this nursing home, all the residents were just sitting in a row of armchairs doing nothing.

“Since then I’ve wanted to encourage nursing homes, such as Kirk Lodge, to be more active and offer more for the residents to get involved in.”

To raise money for their entertainment fund, the nursing home will also be holding a coffee morning on Saturday 25 August in Laurencekirk’s Masonic Hall. The fundraising event will take place between 10-12pm and everyone is welcome to go along and help raise funds to keep the Kirk Lodge residents active and cheerful.