WHEN Charlie Wilkie died back in December 2009, his family had been so moved by the care and attention he had been given by staff at the Grove House residential home in Kelso that they were determined to hand over a suitable gift at an appropriate time.
That time came on Thursday when staff and residents assembled to witness Mr Wilkie’s brother, James, hand over a huge Easter hamper packed with chocolate, wine and other goodies.
Charlie, who had learning difficulties, had been a resident of Grove House from 2003 until his death at the age of 80.
He had been familiar with the home as he had gone there for respite care on occasions and opted to remain as a resident after falling and breaking his hip.
Handing over the gift, which was accepted on behalf of the home by resident Dot Drummond, James said his brother had received care of “the highest standard”.
He went on: “The care Charlie received is a credit to Grove House and its wonderful staff. The Wilkie family decided that it should give a gift to the staff as a way of saying thank you for the care Charlie received.”
Senior carer Emma Watson thanked James for the gift, saying: “It is very kind. Charlie is still very much missed by us here at Grove House.”