Council Homes set for closure take part in television spin off

By Rachel Watson

Three council run homes in Edinburgh are competing in a spin off from television show Come dine with me, in hopes of bringing residents from all three homes together.

The three care homes competing are The Tower, Clermiston and Clovenstone, with The Tower and Clermiston set for closure within the next two years.

Finlay Fraser, manager of Clermiston care home said that the idea for the event came about shortly after this was announced, with the idea of competition and fun, and an activity all residents could enjoy.

The idea was thought up by assistant manager at The Tower care home Veronica Currie, who said: “we’ve all seen the programme on telly and I thought it would be a good, fun event for residents to get involved in. There’s been a real buzz over the cookery challenges!”

The Competition is seemingly having the desired effect with residents. Betty Thomson a resident of The Tower care home said: “I’m really impressed with the menu choices and feel there’s an excellent selection of food on offer for everyone to enjoy.”

Alastair Innes, also a resident at The Tower, agreed: “Good food and good companionship go together.”

The competition will come to an end this week with residents at Clermiston stepping up to the challenge. Manager Finlay Fraser of Clermiston said that his residents were up to the challenge and that residents where now preparing for this weeks event, and said they were “really enjoying themselves.”

Residents are competing for a dinner for six at the Ellersly house hotel in Murrayfield and a Come dine with me trophy.