ELGIN woman Victoria McIntosh has said ‘thank you’ to the staff who provided a happy home for her late grandmother.
Victoria (21) wanted to do something to show her family’s appreciation for the care provided to Sybil Strachan (87), who died last year at Anderson’s Home in Elgin.
So, when Victoria celebrated her 21st birthday recently, the Aberdeen University sports student decided to ask for donations instead of presents.
That kind gesture raised in excess of £560 for the home – money which will go towards the residents’ amenities fund.
"We couldn’t have asked for any better care of my grandmother. They were really nice to her," said Victoria.
"I didn’t really want any presents for my birthday, and rather than thinking about a bigger charity I thought the residents could really use the money," added the former Elgin High School pupil, who plays for Aberdeen Ladies football team in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
Victoria, who had her party at the Elgin City Social Club, popped in to the home last week for a chat and a cuppa with the residents, who thanked her for the windfall.
Cathy Hamilton, home manager, said: "Young folk tend to get such a stigma attached to them and people are very negative about them. It is so refreshing to see someone of that age thinking of the residents."
The home has 56 residents, and the money will be used to pay for extras, such as trips and parties in the home.