THE fight is on to save a Cupar care home under threat because of budget cuts.
A petition was officially launched this week calling for the retention of North Eden House amid fears that it could face closure as part of a shake-up of council-run care facilities.
The petition is to be circulated widely throughout north east Fife and the campaign group behind it are hopeful that ‘people power’ will win the day.
North Eden House is one of seven local authority care homes throughout the Kingdom facing an uncertain future because Fife Council says there isn’t enough money to refurbish them all.
Options could include re-locating residents from North Eden to privately-run homes elsewhere in Fife, a prospect that horrifies campaigners.
Ann Brown, who lost her 73-year-old husband Harry to dementia a year ago, was so impressed by the care he received in North Eden that she is now a volunteer there, and is one of the leading lights in the campaign to save it.
She said that the thought of loved ones being moved – possibly to the other end of Fife – was ‘very scary’.
“To be away from familiar surroundings and staff they know could be devastating for dementia sufferers and for many relatives it would simply not be possible to travel long distances in order to visit,” said Mrs Brown.
“The quality of care at North Eden is excellent and we feel strongly that it should be retained by Fife Council.
“By launching this petition we are demonstrating the strength of feeling that exists among relatives, volunteers and the wider public.”
n The petition can also be signed at the Fife Herald office in George Inn Pend, Crossgate, Cupar.