Fun day raises awareness of Care and Repair service


A fabulous fun day was held at Howden Park recently to raise awareness of Care and Repair West Lothian and raise money for Muscular Dystrophy.

The sun shone on outdoor activities including pony rides and a Titanic bouncy castle.  Inside there was something for everyone, with stalls including face painting, jewellery, candles, designer clothes, a tombola and a ‘sell out’ cupcake stall by Care and Repair Assistant Sonia Silver.  Donations from the day raised over £290 for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Care and Repair West Lothian, managed by Livingston-based Horizon Housing Association, supports older and disabled people in West Lothian to remain in their own homes as independently as possible, providing support for home adaptations for older home owners and carrying out small repairs or handyperson tasks for anyone aged 65 years or over.

The service also helps older owners to organise larger repairs and improvements and provides a ‘trade referrals’ service, and advice and information on a wide range of matters. 

The fun day was organised by Care and Repair assistant, Sonia Silver. She said: “It was a great day with a huge turnout.  Our service received a lot of interest. We also raised a lot of money for a charity that is very dear to me as my brother had muscular dystrophy.  So many people helped with donations, prizes and providing stalls and I really appreciated that.”

Julia Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Horizon Housing Association, added: “We know how important this service is to and for older people in West Lothian. 

It is important for the whole community to make sure older people have easy access to the types of help that can make all the difference to their quality of life and help them to remain living at home. This was a great way of bringing all ages together, promoting the service and raising money for a disability charity.”

Central to the day was an information stand, run by Samantha Buggy and Elizabeth Wylie from the Care and Repair team and other Horizon staff, to promote the service.