Care home bench is special gift in memory of Annie ...

From left, Ted Whitehall, Alan Whitehall, Kim Wardner (HfH), Alex Whitehall and Bob Whitehall.
From left, Ted Whitehall, Alan Whitehall, Kim Wardner (HfH), Alex Whitehall and Bob Whitehall.

A KIRKCALDY care home has been gifted a special present in memory of one of its residents Annie Whitehill who passed away earlier this year.

Annie had been a resident at Chapel Level Care Centre for two years and her family decided to give the home a new bench as a tribute to her.

Her four sons recently visited the home in the town’s Broom Road to hand over the bench as well as presenting a cheque for £1250 to Help for Heroes. Representative Kim Wardner accepted the money on behalf of the veterans’ charity.

Help for Heroes is a British charity which was formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts. It was launched on October 1, 2007 to provide better facilities for British servicemen and women wounded since September 11, 2001.

And it has attracted a number of high profile trustees and patrons and has the support of the Army Benevolent Fund and the Ministry of Defence.

One of Annie’s sons, Alex Whitehill, who lives in Kirkcaldy, told The Press why the family wanted to make the donation.

He said: “We wanted to give the care home a bench because of the care we felt the home had given my mum.

‘‘We wanted to do something and we thought a bench would be ideal for both the residents and visitors to use.

“My mum didn’t have a lot but the money she left we decided it should go to Help for Heroes because she had three sons who were in the armed services as well as two grandsons - she had a connection with the army for nearly 50 years.

“During the war she served herself in the land army.

‘‘We thought giving the money to Help For Heroes would be a nice thing to do in her memory.”

He said Annie was originally from Kirkcaldy and worked in the former GEC factory in the town’s Mitchelston Industrial Estate. She also worked in various shops in the town over the years.

Alex said he and his brother Ted live in the Lang Toun but their other two brothers Alan and Bob travelled up to Kirkcaldy from their homes down south for the bench dedication.

He continued: “At my mum’s funeral we collected around £300 and this went to the residents’ comfort fund at Chapel Level Care Centre.

“We thought giving a bench to the home as well would be a good idea because it would be well used by the residents as well as their families and visitors.”

He added: “I feel mum would have been happy with what we did.”