There are several sets of green fingers at Quarriers Fountainview Service that are delighted with the gift of £500 from Gryffe Valley Rotary Club, which will allow them to buy raised beds and start planting produce this summer.

Convenor of Gryffe Valley Rotary Club, David Fairbairn and Convenor of the Community and Vocational Service Committee, Hugh Kerr very kindly visited the service to see how their donation will brighten the garden and to find out more about what the service does.

Lorna Gordon, Project Manager at Fountainview, said: “I am delighted with this generous donation as this money will allow us to continue with previous hobbies, as some of the people we support once worked in large country estates as professional gardeners, and we will commence new hobbies with the residents who have not had the opportunity to grow vegetables before. All our residents will take great pride in their achievements and will enjoy the outcome.”

Andrew Spence, who is a resident at Fountainview, is particularly excited about the new raised beds. He said: “I am a keen gardener and previously was a gardener at Finlaystone Estates, so I’m really looking forward to helping everyone grow carrots, leeks, strawberries and tomatoes.”

In return, Mr Fairbairn and Mr Kerr explained the aims of Gryffe Valley Rotary Club, and the charitable sectors they support, those being the local community, youth and international projects.

Quarriers Fountainview Service is a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities. It supports seven people in Quarriers Village to promote ordinary life principles ensuring that individuals are supported to make choices and decisions about how and where they live.

Donations such as this are vital to services like Fountainview to help the residents enjoy extra activities and days out. With this donation, and as the summer months usher in longer nights, the residents of Fountainview will enjoy spending time in the garden growing fresh produce that they can use while cooking.

Headline image: Gryffe Valley Rotary Club, represented by David Fairbairn and Hugh Kerr, presented a cheque for £500 to Quarriers Fountainview residents Andrew Spence and Vincent Paton (far right) and Lorna Gordon, Project Manager, the money will help build raised beds to allow the residents to grow fruit and vegetables
Photo Credit: Gryffe Valley Rotary Club

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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