Community / Whalsay care home celebrates 30 years of service

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

STAFF and residents have marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Fernlea care home in Whalsay.

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

Kathleen Stewart (left) and Lisa Williamson cut the 30th anniversary cake. Photo: Ian Reid

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.

Long-serving staff member Kathleen is one of the daughters of Jeannie and Henry Stewart.

More celebrations are planned for this week with a visit planned from the Whalsay School choir.

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


Councillor John Fraser, who chairs the integration joint board for health and social care in Shetland, said: “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.”

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