A care home in the Western Isles is to add nine new bedrooms after a quarter of a million dollar donation.
Maryanne Trump Barry, a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit with strong links to Lewis, has donated $250,000 (approximately £160,000) to Bethesda Care Home, in loving memory of her mother, Maryann Macleod Trump, who was originally from Tong.
Together with a one-off funding allocation from the Scottish Government to the local Health and Social Care Partnership, the collective monies will result in nine new care home beds in Bethesda Care Home in Stornoway.
The Scottish Government, meanwhile, has provided a one-off funding allocation of £200,000 to the Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership, to contribute towards the capital costs of the new care home beds.
The first three years of the revenue (running) costs of the beds will be met jointly by NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “This is an extremely welcome development and I would like to thank Bethesda’s generous benefactor, Maryanne Trump Barry, for her contribution to the project, as well as the Scottish Government and the local partnership, who, through their combined efforts, have given us a great opportunity to improve the experience of those waiting for care home placement.”
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, said: “This is good news for older people and their families, in providing more bed spaces which will help address the delayed discharge waiting list. As well as this very welcome private donation to Bethesda, the Comhairle and NHS Western Isles have worked hard to identify additional resources.
“The commissioning of the respite beds has been a priority for the Comhairle and NHS Partnership and I am pleased that we are making significant progress in what are early days for the integration of Health and Social Care in the islands.”
Carol Somerville, Bethesda general manager, said: “Since the completion of the extensive refurbishment and extension of the Nursing Home, completed in 2010, the Bethesda Trustees have fought hard to secure the capital and revenue funding to complete the upper floor of the Nursing Home, to provide an additional nine nursing home beds for the benefit of the community.
“We are delighted to have worked alongside Maryanne Trump Barry in order to make a lasting memorial to her mother, born and brought up in Tong. Now with the support of Health and Social Care this much needed facility can be progressed.
“Once building consent has been received and tenders sought for the work, it is hoped that the project will commence shortly.”