Fernlea celebrates 30 years of care

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Staff at Fernlea Care Home in Whalsay last week celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the building. Credit: Ian Reid

Fernlea Care Home has reached a milestone of providing care in Whalsay for 30 years.

The building was officially opened on 12th September 1992 by Jane 'Jeannie' Stewart, wife of then Councillor Henry Stewart who championed the need for a care home in the isle.

Last week, staff and service users, celebrated with cake, refreshments and a visit from Whalsay school fiddlers. 

Flowers were presented to Lisa Williamson, one of two employees who have worked at Fernlea continuously since it opened; and to Kathleen Stewart, one of the daughters of Jeannie and Henry Stewart, also a long serving staff member.  More celebrations are planned for this week with a visit planned from the Whalsay kirk choir. 

Fernlea Care Home at Marrister in Whalsay provides residential accommodation and day care services, and is operated by Shetland Islands Council. 

Councillor John Fraser, Chair of the Integration Joint Board for health and social care in Shetland: “I’d like to offer my best wishes to all the staff and service users at Fernlea on reaching their milestone of providing for care for the last 30 years.  I applaud all those who have been involved with Fernlea, which has been an integral part of the community for the last three decades.”

Published: 20th September 2022