Dreams come true at Leuchie

Last week someone commented on Leuchie House’s Facebook that our new slogan should be “Dreams come true at Leuchie.”

This came about after we shared the story of Ian, one of our guests. While on a respite break at Leuchie last week, he told us he'd wanted to take a boat trip round the Bass Rock since he was five years old. Now aged 84, having had a stroke and walking with the aid of a stick, it looked as if the chances of fulfilling that ambition were unlikely.

One of the things we aim to do at Leuchie, wherever we can, is to give our guests the support they need to do things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.  So when we heard Ian’s story we knew we had to do everything possible to get him there.

Booked in for last Wednesday, just as we were about to set off for North Berwick harbour, a call came in to say the trip had been cancelled due to bad weather.  We were all devastated. With only a few days left at Leuchie, resolving the various logistical challenges involved in getting him on another sailing looked slim. 

But, with a fair wind and a huge effort from the team, we finally managed to get him off on his trip of a lifetime on Friday.  He told us afterwards it was even better than he’d imagined.

Bringing such joy to people like Ian is all down to the amazing team I have at Leuchie.  It was fitting then that we got another piece of uplifting news last week.  We learned that Maureen, one of Leuchie’s care assistants, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Social Services Award.

Maureen was singled out by the judges for going the extra mile to make sure all the people she cares for get the utmost from their break at Leuchie.  Now down to the final three from entrants across Scotland, she typifies everything we want a carer at Leuchie House to be and we’ll all be rooting for her at the awards ceremony next month.

Looks like our Facebook friend could be on to something!

Mairi O'Keefe, Chief Executive, Leuchie House. Published in The East Lothian Courier, 11 May 2017.