Pete has honour of opening long-awaited hospital cafe

Pete Cura cuts the ribbon to open the cafe, watched by Councillor Margaret Kennedy (second from left), NHS community service manager Aileen Whyte and piper Jamie Laing.
Pete Cura cuts the ribbon to open the cafe, watched by Councillor Margaret Kennedy (second from left), NHS community service manager Aileen Whyte and piper Jamie Laing.

Cupar’s long-awaited community cafe at the extended and modernised Adamson Hospital has been officially opened.

The ribbon to mark the milestone event was cut by local man, Pete Cura, who worked tirelessly, leading the fund-raising campaign.

He was supported by many other individuals, including Fife Councillor Margaret Kennedy and NHS Fife community services manager, Aileen Whyte.

Speaking at last week’s opening, Aileen paid tribute to Pete for all his hard work in promoting the cafe.

Councillor Kennedy described it as a “special occasion” for the community,

The facility, run by volunteers and two staff members, was built after a £50,000 community fundraising drive, backed by a cash injection from NHS endowment funds.

The cafe,which has now been operating for a few months, is a welcome addition to Adamson Hospital, which underwent a £10 million refurbishment recently.

Plans to mount a fund-raising campaign for the cafe began in 2010 and were spearheaded by the Adamson Community Cafe committee and the Adamson Hospital League of Friends group.

The campaign quickly became a well-supported cause in Cupar and the surrounding area, with various donations being made and fundraising events organised.

The project hit a hurdle along the way when the original company contracted to carry out the work went into receivership a few months after taking on the job.

As a result, construction came to a sudden halt for several months until new contractors were appointed.

Glenrothes and North East Fife Community Health Partnership chair, Arthur Morris, said the cafe was a tribute to the many people and local businesses who contributed to “this worthy cause”.

“It’s thanks to the people of Cupar that this cafe has been completed.”

More volunteers are still required and anyone interested should contact Josie Mitchell, telephone (01592) 740188.

Located at the rear of the hospital, with access from the main reception area, the well-stocked and attractive cafe is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.