Lady Lydia’s hands on at care group

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A group which cares for people diagnosed with dementia in the Queensferry and Kirkliston area has invited Lady Lydia Stewart Clark to become its honorary president.

Queensferry Care, which provides a range of services and support to older people, their carers and families across rural West Edinburgh, invited Lady Stewart Clark of Dundas, to take over the role from the care group’s former honorary president, Dr Douglas Stuart, who stepped down last year.

Eric Proven, company secretary of Queensferry Care said: “Lady Lydia and the Stewart Clark family have a long tradition of supporting local communities.

‘‘The staff and service users at Queensferry Churches Care in the Community are delighted that Lady Lydia has agreed to become their honorary president for the coming year. Her positive commitment, interest and encouragement will be greatly valued by us all.”

Lady Lydia said: “I feel both happy and honoured to have been asked to take on this role. I know the exceptional work which Queensferry Care does on behalf of elderly people in Queensferry, Kirkliston, Ratho and surrounding areas.

‘‘I hope I can be a source of encouragement and support to the elderly, their families and their carers who are involved with this wonderful organisation.”

Two honorary vice-presidents have also been appointed. They are Dr Alison McCartney of Queensferry Medical Centre and the Reverend Ian Wells of Ratho Parish Church.

*Queensferry Care’s staff and trained volunteers provide care and support to 60 people over the age of 65 weekly through its day care programme in the area and its carer support service offers information, support and advice to some 250 carers in the area. For people with dementia, their “supper club” allows people to meet with their carers and support workers for a meal and social evening.