Council to light up wintry skies across care homes

Saturday November 28th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian community hospital and every care home in Midlothian will have a real Christmas tree in their grounds thanks to a new initiative by Midlothian Council.

Speaking as the council’s land and countryside team delivered and installed the first of the trees, Council Leader Councillor Derek Milligan said:

“Care homes have had a particularly harrowing year. Some residents have passed away, others have been very ill, and many more have been unable to see their loved ones in person as care homes had to close their doors to visitors. We wanted to do something that would lift the spirits and bring some much-needed cheer to residents and staff during the current restrictions.”

The trees have been donated by Will Muir, The Smiddy Farm Shop, Blair Drummond, Stirling. The Christmas tree lights are being donated by Bonnyrigg Community Events Committee and the trees will be decorated by school children from across the county.

Councillor Milligan said watching the primary pupils decorate the tree and then being able to see it lit up in the garden will hopefully help make Christmas just a bit merrier. The trees are currently being put up in the gardens of extra care housing facility, Cowan Court and all care homes, both private and council-run, across Midlothian.

Councillor Milligan thanked employees from across the council for working together on the project. He said:

“Teams from health and social care, lighting, education and land and countryside have pulled together to make this happen within a relatively short timescale.

“I’m very proud of our workers and their response to the pandemic. They’ve continued to put communities at the heart of everything they do and managed to keep services going in a year like no other.

“Many thanks to Will Muir and everyone involved. We hope the trees will bring young and old together, spiritually if not in person, and give us all a glimmer of hope for 2021.”

Will Muir said: “I was delighted to help.”

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