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Aberdeen chip shop opens back up to treat residents of city care home

Residents and staff at VSA Ruthrieston House were treated to fish suppers.
Residents and staff at VSA Ruthrieston House were treated to fish suppers.

An Aberdeen chip shop has opened specially to provide a free treat to everyone at a local care home.

Each of the 40 residents and 10 staff at VSA’s Ruthrieston House were given a fish supper, following a donation from Rainbow City Taxis boss Russell MacLeod.

Oor Wullie’s Braw Fish and Chips on Great Western Road opened up just to cook the meals for them – not taking any other orders – with Mr MacLeod thereafter dropping them off at the home.

He said: “I hadn’t seen my mum for more than three weeks and know how she likes a fish supper.

“But I thought I can’t just go down with one, so let’s get one for all the residents and staff.

“My good friends at the chip shop were delighted to help.”

Oor Wullie’s Braw Fish and Chips on Great Western Road.

VSA recently launched a new Covid-19 appeal, with the aim of raising funds to buy tablet computers so its residents can videochat with relatives while their facilities are in lockdown.

They also want to purchase entertainment trolleys and fund mental health and counselling sessions.

Support has flooded in from the public and organisations and businesses including Robert Gordon’s College, Portlethen Place To Eat, Sainsbury’s and North East Plumbing and Heating Services.

Chief executive Kenneth Simpson said: “The response we have had from the public is great and shows a real community spirit.

“Our residents at Ruthrieston were truly delighted with their fish and chip supper – thank you so much to Russell and Oor Wullie’s Braw Fish and Chips for treating them.

“This is a challenging time for many of the vulnerable people in our care and treats like this mean so much to them.”

VSA provides more than two million hours of care every year at 22 different sites across the north-east.

More information about its ongoing appeal can be found at vsa.org.uk.

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