ABOUT US: HISTORY

In 1898 our charity (Crieff and District Nursing Association)

was formed by the people of Crieff and District as part of

Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Celebrations. The charity employed

a Jubilee Nurse like other main cities at the time, delivering

nursing care to the most vulnerable people in the Crieff area

and continued to pay the pension of our “community

nurse” after she retired.

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When the NHS was formed in 1948, the

Association considered it appropriate to change

to the Crieff and District Auxiliary Organisation

and look at different ways to support the elderly

in the area. In 1951 an Endowment Fund was set

up and the organization started running a care

home for the elderly for the Crieff area in 1955.

The charity was gifted “Benachie” to the in 1951

from a Miss Rule, a wealthy and highly regarded

personality in the town. The building is situated

at the top of the town in a beautiful location

within a conservation area.

It is a large traditional stone built villa with a range of outbuildings and is set with within substantial gardens. Miss Rule built another house nearby and took the name of “Benachie”

with her, leaving the building to be renamed after the Richmond Family who where instrumental in initiating the charity and donating substantial funds to support the development of the care home.

 

When “Benachie” was bequeathed to the town via “the Association”, a range of donations and

legacies were invested into an Endowment Fund and in 1955 this allowed the home to be adapted,

altered, furnished and equipped in order to be used as a “Home for old people”. The Endowment

was also used to cover the pension of the retired nurse of the Association, Mrs. Jean McNab.

 

The care home has continued to be updated and upgraded to meet the increasing care standards

and expectations of residents and their families. An extension was added in 1982 following a large

legacy donated from a Mr. Ferguson, an Aberdeen businessman with family roots in Crieff. The most recent development made to improve the experience and wellbeing of the residents has been the creation of a sensory garden. This is now a feature which is provides a huge benefit to the residents

and differentiates Richmond House from the other large independent care homes who have used

their greenspace to build more rooms.

 

In 2015 the charity became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and changed its Constitution to ensure its aims and beneficiaries where not restricted to running a carehome for the elderly. Now the charity can expand services to support the needs and wellbeing of all adults

living in the community through a range of activities and support.

 

The board has always been run by a “Council” of representatives from the community, and today although the membership has reduced representatives from the Rotary Club, British Legion

(Crieff) and the Soroptimists are still trustees.

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Providing care and support in

Crieff and Strathearn since 1898