A PRESTWICK care home has been overwhelmed by the kind community response after tragic coronavirus deaths hit the facility.

Berelands care home have been in the thoughts of the town, after 20 residents sadly died after contracting COVID-19.

From the tragedy, the community rallied together with generous donations of food, flower and messages of love pouring in.

Staff at the home have said the response helped comfort them and gave them the strength to carry on during the darkest days.

Teresa Mangonon, manager of Berelands said: “When things were really tough, the words of encouragement, the claps, the social media posts and comments of support, the letters, cards, gifts and donations we received from our residents’ families and from the community gave us comfort and reassurance.

“The support we got was overwhelming. I know my team and I are coping better because we feel supported.

“A huge thank-you to the Prestwick community and the whole Ayrshire community.”

“I and my team will never forget the kindness and overwhelming support.”

The home is run by Priory, and the care facilitator have expressed their gratitude for the display of solidarity.

As well as essentials and food delivered to the home, protective equipment in the form of face visors were also dropped off from a business in Troon to help protect staff from coronavirus.

Rebekah Cresswell, Chief Operating Officer at Priory Adult Care, “We are so sad to lose residents due to this dreadful illness. I have nothing but admiration for the team who have worked so hard in these unprecedented times.

“ The community has given us strength with their kindness and compassion. I would like to thank members of the community for supporting the care home. I also want to thank Teresa and her team for doing such an excellent job in these challenging times.”


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