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Open gates at Kelvingrove Park will be staffed by council officers and police for the first time this Friday as part of an action plan to curb crime and anti-social behaviour within the park.

With high temperatures forecast for this Friday (July 31), a large turnout is expected at Kelvingrove to enjoy the good weather.

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Earlier this month ten out of sixteen gates at the park were locked to allow better management of access to the park on busy days and to help ensure visitors comply with park management rules that prohibit the consumption of alcohol.

This Friday council staff, with support from Police Scotland, will be stationed at open gates to inform anyone arriving at the park with alcohol that they will be refused entry.  People carrying alcohol will either be asked to leave or be given the option of dumping their alcohol in specially provided bins before entering the park.

George Gillespie, Executive Director for Glasgow City Council, said: “Kelvingrove Park is there for everyone to enjoy, but we have been very concerned about recent reports from the park of violence, anti-social behaviour and a frequent refusal to follow physical distancing rules during the Covid emergency.

“Much of this unacceptable behaviour has been fuelled by alcohol and it has created an atmosphere that is intimidating and unwelcoming to many residents who regularly use the park.

“The issues in the park required a response to protect the amenity of the park for all parts of the community. Having officers stationed at open gates to enforce the park management rules will help to ensure that the park is a safe place for all people to visit.

“The simple message is that if you come to the park with alcohol you won’t get in. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy Kelvingrove Park, but alcohol should be left behind.  Like any other open space in the city, anyone who is found to be drinking alcohol within the park is liable to receive a fine from the police.”

The council has liaised regularly with Police Scotland to develop the response to issues in the park.

Superintendent Ross Allan said:”Police Scotland is working closely with Glasgow City Council to prevent repeated incidents of antisocial behaviour from occuring in Kelvingrove Park.

“Officers will be visible and accessible to park users should they need police assistance. We would like to remind anyone planning on visiting the park that alcohol is not permitted and, should incidents of antisocial behaviour take place, then those responsible will be dealt with robustly.”

The changes to park access is a part of a wider effort to ensure Kelvingrove Park is safe and enjoyable environment for all visitors. Measures such additional bins, enhanced mobile CCTV in the park and engagement with youngers groups through youth services providers have all been undertaken as well as identifying alternative activities in local communities.

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A new taskforce has been set up to help the city’s social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Social Recovery Taskforce, facilitated by the Community Planning Strategic Partnership as part of the council’s renewal and recovery programme, brings together representatives from a range of community planning partners, third sector and voluntary organisations, to look at how the city’s communities can rebuild and recover socially from the effects of COVID-19.

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Co-chaired by Councillor Jen Layden, City Convener for Community Empowerment, Equalities and Human Rights, and Cllr Ricky Bell (City Treasurer), the Social Recovery Taskforce will provide leadership and direction, be responsible for defining and co-ordinating actions to be taken forward by all partners to address the societal impact of the Coronavirus beyond the recovery phase.

Councillor Jen Layden said:  “It’s clear that very few will emerge from the pandemic unscathed.  We know issues of poverty and inequality have been exacerbated within the city which we need to address as a matter of urgency.

“Our initial discussions with third sector organisations and equalities groups highlighted some key areas of concern – including tackling inequality, digital exclusion and food security – which the taskforce aims to address as we go forward.

“Recovering from this pandemic will take time and the creation of the social recovery taskforce is a step in the right direction. We all have a role to play and I look forward to working with our community planning partners and third sector organisations to make sure no area of the city is left behind.”

Membership on the Social Recovery Taskforce includes, although not restricted to, representatives from a wide range of recognised partners and community networks such as the Glasgow Disability Alliance; Glasgow Equality Forum; Glasgow Third Sector Interface Network; Violence Against Women Partnership and LGBT organisations.

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A section of Scotland’s busiest road, the M8, will close for a 12-hour period on Saturday 1 August to allow construction teams to demolish a deteriorating footbridge to the north of Glasgow city centre.

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The footbridge, which connects Baird Street in Glasgow city centre to the Sighthill area, will be replaced with a landmark new crossing, providing a sustainable transport corridor between central and north Glasgow.  This project will be completed in late 2021.

 

The full closure of the M8 is planned for the night of Saturday 1 August 2020, 22:00 – 10:00hrs.

 

To deliver the work, a 1000-tonne crane will be positioned on the road throughout the closure and will be used to remove the pedestrian bridge in two sections. The sections of concrete will be removed from site using HGVs parked on the carriageway.

 

The work is being delivered as part of the £250million regeneration of Sighthill, the biggest such project in the UK outside of London. The new bridge will provide the area with a landmark new crossing, creating a sustainable transport corridor between Sighthill, North Glasgow and Glasgow city centre.

 

The demolition work will be delivered by BAM Nuttall of behalf of Glasgow City Council.

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said:  “This section of the M8 is one of the busiest routes on the city’s road network, so this work has been meticulously planned to keep the impact on traffic to an absolute minimum.

“The demolition is the first step in a fantastic project to deliver a stunning new pedestrian and cycle route over the M8, connecting Sighthill and neighbouring communities to the city centre.  We hope that regular travelers on this route will enjoy seeing the improvements emerging as the works are continued.”

 

Further road closures to complete the construction of the new crossing are planned in the summer of 2021. Further details will be made available closer to the time.

Road closure details:

 

Westbound

 

  1. Total closure of M8 Main Carriageway at Jn 15 Stirling Road Westbound off slip ( Royal Infirmary )
  2. Total closure of Jn 15, Loop U Westbound on slip from A803 S/B.
  3. Total Closure of Jn 15, Stirling Road Westbound on slip from A803 N/B.

 

Diversion Route

1.         Jn 15 Stirling Rd W/B off slip – Stirling Rd – Cathedral St – North Hanover St – Dobbies Loan – Phoenix Rd – Jn 17 Phoenix Rd W/B on slip.

2)         A803 S/B – Castle St – A803 N/B – Join Diversion 1.

3)         A803 N/B – A803 N/B off slip to A804 Baird Street – Baird Street – Join Diversion 1.

 

Eastbound

 

Closure :- Full Closure of Eastbound Carriageway between Jn 15 and 18 incl. Jn 16 Eastbound on slip, Jn 17 Eastbound on slip from A82  and Jn 19 Eastbound on slip from A814.

  1. Total Closure of Jn 19 Anderson Eastbound on slip.
  2. Total closure of M8 Eastbound carriageway.
  3.  Total closure of Jn 18 Charing Cross Eastbound on slip.
  4. Total closure of Jn 17 Great Western Road Eastbound on slip.
  5. Total closure of Jn 16 Craighall Road on slip.

 

Diversion Route

  1. North Street – St Georges Road – Phoenix Road – Dobbies Loan – Kyle Street – Baird Street – Castle Street – Jn 15 Castle Street Eastbound on slip.
  2. M8 Jn 18 St Georges Road off slip – Follow Diversion 1.
  3. Follow Diversion 1.
  4. A82 Great Western Road – West Graham Street – Garscube Road – Follow Diversion
  5. Craighall Road – Follow Diversion 1.

 

The regeneration of Sighthill – the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area – is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association, and the Scottish Government, with additional funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which is funded by the Scottish and UK Governments.

 

More information on the project is available at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/sighthill.

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Glasgow’s Lord Provost pays tribute to those who volunteer in recognition of their vital work as part of National Volunteers Week celebrations.

Lord Provost Philip Braat said: “I am delighted, this National Volunteers Week, to take the opportunity to personally thank everybody who volunteers. I know everyone across the city will agree, this unprecedented pandemic has shone an important spotlight on the value and importance of those who choose to volunteer.”

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City based charity, Volunteer Glasgow is helping support local organisations with volunteering and working with people who signed up offering their assistance in response to  the Covid-19 ‘Scotland Cares’ national recruitment drive. The Scotland Cares campaign was launched by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in March. That appeal has attracted an additional 4,450 offers of help from Glaswegians.

Volunteer Glasgow manages the city’s online platform which connects people with the charities, community groups, clubs and appropriate public sector programmes that need their support.

The Volunteer Glasgow team provide guidance and match people’s individual skills, interests and experiences to available and suitable volunteering opportunities.

David Maxwell, Volunteer Glasgow’s Chief Executive said: “We’re encouraging people to join us and demonstrate their personal thanks for those who have volunteered over the last 12 months – before and after lockdown. Including the people who have offered their help during this national Covid-19 crisis response but haven’t yet been able to do so. It’s been inspiring to see so many helping neighbours and working with organisations to provide support across the city during this pandemic.”

You can get involved and show your appreciation for people who volunteer by downloading Volunteer Glasgow’s template thank you cards and window posters. Or alternatively create your own. Those who volunteer are also being encouraged to share their experiences.

The Lord Provost added: “Glaswegians are famous for their kindness and compassion. It is that sense of solidarity that motivates people to give their time to help others. At times of national crisis like this it gives us all hope for the future.”

“These are challenging times and we can all become overwhelmed by the competing demands we face.  So it is really important to celebrate volunteers across this city and beyond. Time is a precious commodity – and they donate theirs. That generosity of spirit is what makes Glasgow so special. We all know that ‘People Make Glasgow’ a great place to live, work, study and visit.

“I take great pride in our city and everyone who volunteers. I have been lending my support to a range of volunteering groups throughout this crisis and it has been humbling to meet everyone working selflessly across our communities and to witness the real difference they make to those they help. I thank them all for their energy, enthusiasm, skill and experience. Your gift of time, hard work and support is a national cause for celebration and gratitude.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer now or in the future can sign up via Volunteer Glasgow’s digital platform. Similarly groups big and small needing more volunteers can also sign up to access the diverse skills and experience of people offering their assistance.

You can celebrate Volunteers Week and say thank you to everyone volunteering by using the ideas and resources available at: www.volunteerglasgow.org/volunteer/volunteers-week-2020

There are also other resources available from Volunteer Scotland’s website and you can check them out at https://www.volunteersweek.scot/get-involved/

Sign up to volunteer and search for opportunities at: https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org or call the Glasgow Helps phone line on 0141 345 0543 (option 2).

Groups and organisations new to Volunteer Glasgow should register here:

https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org/vk/providers/registration_provider.htm or call the Glasgow Helps phone line on 0141 345 0543 (option 3).

Organisations already registered should use this link: https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org/vk/providers/login.htm

If you experience difficulties logging in, contact: findvolunteers@volunteerglasgow.org or call: 0141 345 0543 (option 3).

** Now in Glasgow**

Just hopeing to find Rocky safe and in a loving home**

I orginally rescued Rocky a 1 year old tri coloured border collie from a couple who was abusive to him for a good part of his life. I took him in to find a forever home for him. He is loving little boy who just forgave and forgave. I thought I found a lovely forever home for him with a couple who promised me they would provide him with a loving home and had all the necessities for Rocky.

I was contacted two days ago from one of their family members worried about Rocky and didn’t know where he was and on one occasion that they were aware of he was left abandon in a forest without water for three days before police picked him up in Dufftown I then contacted the couple who owned up to it and didn’t know where he was either but that he was given to another man but who then sold him to a couple in Burghead. I contacted that couple who then sold them to someone in Ellon once I finally was contacted over Facebook from them as I put a post up in the local group they notified me they sold him to a couple in Glasgow who just lost their own Collie 7 months ago.

I have been trying every chance I get to track him down and make sure he is in a loving home and is stable and there to stay. It’s been only 3 months since the original couple gave him away and he has had so many many owners who have gave up on him because of his past.

Please help me find him and share this post

The below photos are when he was with us.

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Worried, anxious and lonely people who are struggling with the pressures of lockdown are being helped by voluntary organisations linked to the Glasgow Help Hub.

COPE Scotland in Drumchapel is one of 300 voluntary sector organisations linked to the hub which is assisting people with a wide range of issues during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Founded in 1991, COPE provides support to people aged 16 and over, who are experiencing mental or emotional distress in west Glasgow. Its work includes listening services, one-to-one sessions, a daily email with wellbeing tips and offering online advice.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, COPE Scotland is supporting the hub and doing all it can to be there for people.

Speaking during Mental Health Awareness Week, Hilda Campbell, COPE’s Chief Executive, said uncertainty about the future is worrying many callers.

The former mental health nurse said: “We are speaking to people with worries about work, family, money and access to food, loneliness and anxiety due to social isolation, relationship issues and uncertainty about the future.

“We are in uncertain times, with an uncertain future which in itself is anxiety provoking, helping people find ways to navigate through this and suffer less is what inspires all we do.”

People who have lost loved ones to Covid19, are also contacting the helpline as they struggle with grief and being unable to hug and physically comfort other relatives and friends due to social distancing rules.

Hilda explained: “While COPE Scotland has always supported people where grief was an issue, we find, we are offering more ‘compassionate listening’ as lockdown and social isolation has made the grieving process even more challenging for people. The support network which may be there normally, isn’t the same and the whole experiencing of someone dying and organising a funeral is changed for now. In addition to the direct support we also offered a piece on loss and grief and other issues which may be of interest to people on our website.”

She added: “Covid19 has created an emotional rollercoaster, but people’s resilience and the way communities have come together to help each other has been inspiring. All of our circumstances may be different, but we can get through this by being kind to each other and ourselves. And of course, we need to recognise that at times we all need someone to listen, help and check in to see if we are okay.”

Ian Bruce, Chief Executive of Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), said: “The hub helpline has received more than 1230 calls since it launched on March 30th. The calls have been about a wide range of issues such as financial advice, help with shopping and collecting prescriptions. Depending on the type of issue people need help with, we have 300 organisations which we can signpost people to and also a bank of volunteers who are offering their time and skills.

“GCVS, Volunteer Glasgow and the city’s public services have been working in partnership to support people at this difficult time. We are working to offer a text service for those whose first language isn’t English. We can currently offer support in Polish and Cantonese, but with help from our volunteers and partners we’ll soon be able to offer many more.”

Glasgow residents who need support while self-isolating or in lockdown can phone 0141 345 0543 for help or email helpline@gcvs.org.uk

People can also visit the website at www.glasgowhelps.org

 

  • Anyone who is feeling so overwhelmed that they are having thoughts of suicide, should seek help, from your GP, the Samaritans (call free on 116 123 or by email at jo@samaritans.org) or Breathing Space (call free on 0800 83 85 87).

If you are having serious thoughts about suicide, and have a plan and the means to carry it out: call 999 immediately.

Fat Mr F

Mr Fabulous was caught cutting some grass but who’s grass was he cutting? Where is he? In a public park? And why is he looking a bit on the heavy side?

Fat Mr F

A source within his team said that at the beginning of lockdown Mr Fabulous wasn’t very motivated and had been eating crisps, snacks, chocolate, basically eating unhealthily for a few weeks, which promotes an unhealthy life style, and is not like him at all. It seems like Mr fabulous has been struggling with his motivation but from what was said by a member of his team this may be because he has 3 kids and is trying to keep them motivated with school work and staying at home like most parents at the moment, but his family are all safe and well which is the important thing. It was also said that he had mixed feelings during this lockdown, educating, fun, exciting, stressful, draining, loving, upsetting but safe. The main thing keeping him going through lockdown is his positive attitude and looking forward to getting back out there doing what he does best.

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Mr Fabulous was spotted helping a number of charities over the last few weeks by delivering food parcels and helping the elderly, at a safe distance of course, but also Mr Fabulous has just started a health and fitness challenge for ‘Hillhead Charity’ which helps children, families and vulnerable adults, and is hopefully going to help him get back into his sequence and on stage. By Oliver Sams (Mon 18 May 2020)

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Mr Fabulous was caught cutting some grass but who’s grass was he cutting? Where is he? In a public park? And why is he looking a bit on the heavy side?

fat mr f

A source within his team said that at the beginning of lockdown Mr Fabulous wasn’t very motivated and had been eating crisps, snacks, chocolate, basically eating unhealthily for a few weeks, which promotes an unhealthy life style, and is not like him at all. It seems like Mr fabulous has been struggling with his motivation but from what was said by a member of his team this may be because he has 3 kids and is trying to keep them motivated with school work and staying at home like most parents at the moment, but his family are all safe and well which is the important thing. It was also said that he had mixed feelings during this lockdown, educating, fun, exciting, stressful, draining, loving, upsetting but safe. The main thing keeping him going through lockdown is his positive attitude and looking forward to getting back out there doing what he does best.

Mr Fabulous was spotted helping a number of charities over the last few weeks by delivering food parcels and helping the elderly, at a safe distance of course, but also Mr Fabulous has just started a health and fitness challenge for ‘Hillhead Charity’ which helps children, families and vulnerable adults, and is hopefully going to help him get back into his sequence and on stage. By Oliver Sams (Mon 18 May 2020)

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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will host online celebrations this year for Bookbug Week​, which runs from Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May. As the Bookbug programme has been running since 2010, the charity will mark the ten year milestone with #HappyBirthdayBookbug, encouraging families across Scotland to send Bookbug their birthday wishes.

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Bookbug Week is an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions. There will be many ways for families to join in the fun at home, such as a daily drawalong with Bookbug’s creator Debi Gliori, to learn how to draw Bookbug and friends. There will also be a special film with Debi, which explains how she created Bookbug ten years ago.

 

The popular live Bookbug Session on Facebook will run on Friday 22 May at 10am, for everyone to join in and sing happy birthday to Bookbug. The first live Bookbug Session was a great success with over 20,000 views. For those that cannot join the live session, there will be an option to watch later, or the option of acelebratory Bookbug Session for families to try at home themselves.

Scottish Book Trust’s home activities hub will be packed with more themed ideas to try at home, from making a party hat to colouring in sheets of Bookbug. All through the week, there will also be competitions on the charity’s website and social media. Scottish Book Trust will also be asking for families’ memories of their child’s Bookbug Bags and Bookbug Sessions with their little ones.

As always, families can access Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the free Bookbug app. Building on the increasing demand for modern nursery rhymes, Scottish Book Trust commissioned Sprog Rock to develop a brand new birthday song, which will launch on Wednesday 20 May. The new song was created through interactive nursery workshops earlier this year with Bucklyvie Nursery in Glasgow. The song centres around the theme of being ten years old, with nursery children contributing their imaginative thoughts about what that age means to them.

 

 

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd said:

 

“I am delighted that we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bookbug programme in Scotland. To date, Bookbug has provided well over 6 million books to children and helped families across Scotland to take part in Bookbug activities and enjoy precious moments of reading, story-telling and singing together.

 

We know these are challenging times for families so it is heartening to see that the Bookbug online sessions are proving to be such a success. I am also pleased to see that this year’s celebrations will be packed with themed activity ideas for families to try at home.

 

I would like to thank Scottish Book Trust and everyone involved in delivering this wonderful programme and I hope that many families can join in the exciting virtual events and resources during the Bookbug week.”

 

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: 

 

“Scottish Book Trust is looking forward to celebrating Bookbug’s tenth birthday with families across Scotland through our website, social media channels and Bookbug app. We are extremely proud of the impact that the Bookbug programme has made in the last decade: from delivering free bags of books, to bringing communities together through Bookbug Sessions, to working with families at home who need our support to get started sharing stories and songs together.

 

“We’d like to thank all our colleagues from libraries, health, education, social care and the third sector for building Bookbug with us – it truly is a national partnership that shows how much we value books, and value children. We look forward to receiving everyone’s birthday messages for Bookbug and hope that families can join us to celebrate.”

 

 

Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme. The Bookbug programme encourages mums, dads and carers to sing and share stories with their children from birth. It gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books in their first 5 years, gifting over 885,000 books every year. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over 720,000 parents and children in 2018-19.

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Lockdown didn’t stop one of Scotland’s oldest women celebrating her 107th birthday at a Glasgow care home yesterday!

Ellen Gardner has lived through two World Wars and the 1920s Spanish Flu outbreak, so she wasn’t going to let the current Coronavirus pandemic spoil her celebrations.

Staff at Glasgow’s Orchard Grove Care Home pulled out all the stops to ensure Ellen’s milestone birthday was marked with a special party, complete with a DJ and a piper.

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TV hadn’t been invented when Ellen was born in Glasgow’s East End in 1913, women couldn’t vote – the Suffragette movement was at its peak, George V was King and Asquith was Prime Minister.

But despite her grand age, Ellen, latterly of Auldhouse, still enjoys a party. She enjoyed special birthday cakes donated by McGee’s the Bakers, flowers from Glasgow’s Lord Provost and music provided by Orchard Grove employee and part-time DJ, Stephen Kay, who set up his decks in the home so all the residents could share in the fun while staying safely indoors.

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Pupils from Toryglen School hub for key workers also created Happy Birthday banners for the special occasion which was delivered, contact-free to the home.

Visitors are currently banned from entering UK care homes due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but Ellen’s son, Ronnie and his wife Liz, were able to safely see her open her presents and wish her happy birthday from outside the building in the garden area.

Retired surveyor, Ronnie of Clarkston, said: “I usually visit mum three times a week but haven’t been able to see her for weeks now because of the virus, which is a bit annoying. I’ve been able to phone her and the staff sent me a WhatsApp message of her in a wheelchair out in the gardens, but it was nice to see her on her birthday, even if it was from a distance. She seems to be keeping remarkably well and is in good health for her age.

“Everything the staff have done is really remarkable. The staff are excellent in the unit she is in. They are very thoughtful and always friendly to myself and my wife when we visit.”

Great-grandmother Ellen loved to travel when younger – visiting her other sons, Alan, and Johnston, in Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa. She also loved knitting, puzzles and Scrabble and was a member of South Shawlands Parish Church.

Ellen cared for her family and husband John who worked at Beardmores in Parkhead but sadly died of cancer in 1970. She also worked as a nursing auxiliary at Philipshill Hospital in East Kilbride and for Prudential Insurance.

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Glasgow Lord Provost, Councillor Philip Braat, sent Ellen a bouquet of flowers along with special birthday wishes.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate Ellen on this very special occasion. She has lived through some truly historic world events and her 107th birthday takes place amid yet another one. It is really heart-warming to hear of the hard work staff at Orchard Grove have put in to ensuring she can celebrate this momentous event and share it with her family despite social distancing and the lockdown. Their thoughtfulness and compassion at this exceptionally challenging time is commendable.”

Orchard Grove Care Home is run by Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership.