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The Kindness of Strangers

Last updated: 10.18am, Thursday 13th November 2014 by

This is a tale of serendipity, generosity and the kindness of strangers.

Customers are encouraged to get involved in the development of Hansel support and all our services ask for feedback and suggestions for improvements. One thing which visitors to Taigh Mor, our respite service in Beith, had asked for was a pool table.

So when Mrs Gemmel from Darvel contacted us offering a pool table they snapped it up!

Off went Julie Coyle, Service Manager, with Nicola Greenwood from her team and visitor Owen Donnelly to pick up the table. Owen chatted happily with Mrs Gemmel – he has dementia and loves to reminisce – while Nicola and Julie tried to move the table. This was when they realised just how generous Mrs Gemmel was. This was not a ‘toy’ – this was a full size slate-bed pool table. And there was no way they were going to be able to get it down the winding staircase and into the van – or even off the floor!

Never ones to be daunted, or shy of asking for help, they remembered some workmen they had seen on their way in. The men, from local builders McSkimmings, provided the muscle needed to move the table.

Arriving back at Beith the same problem faced them but friends of Nicola, who happened to pass by on their lunch break, stepped in and helped get the table from the van into the house.

Owen (pictured here with Nicola) and his friends can now enjoy the clack of the pool balls and a bit of friendly rivalry thanks to Mrs Gemmel’s generosity and the kindness of strangers.

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