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New manager for Grantown care home

By Gavin Musgrove

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Eleanor Tregaskis is the new manager at Lynemore Care Home in Grantown.
Eleanor Tregaskis is the new manager at Lynemore Care Home in Grantown.

Lynemore Care Home in Grantown has appointed a new manager.

Eleanor Tregaskis is a qualified registered nurse and has written a poem about her life, her work and experience of moving to the Highlands to mark the occasion.

She previously penned a poem in honour of Strathspey Thistle to thank them for their support for Lynemore during the first lockdown, which was well received by Strathy readers.

Eleanor left nursing to home school her youngest son but, over time, decided to return to the profession and retrained at Stirling University, gaining a First Class degree.

She moved to the Highlands around 10 years ago and was previously deputy manager and nurse at Lynemore.

Eleanor said: “Many years on from qualifying as a Registered General Nurse the first time around, I still love to learn.

"Life is one long learning curve, never more noticeable than now in these Covid times when protocol, policy, and procedures seem to change almost every day.

“Whilst these uncertain, evolving times pose new challenges for all of us, one principle remains the same – the importance of the people we provide care for.

"Each of our residents is unique, although following the same ultimate path, and as we work in partnership to fulfil their wishes and needs, we are humbled, and learning still.”

Eleanor has recently become a new grandmother but she and the new arrival have been unable to spend much time together because of social distancing restrictions.

She said: “Whilst I cannot spend time with her, hold her, or play with her, I know our day will come, when we have either beaten this virus, or learnt how to live safely with it.”

Ten years ago, we travelled long, up to a far, high land.

We left our seaside home, the foamy billows, miles of sand.

Six feet of snow there greeted us, we asked “what have we done?”

The years have passed, this land we love, regrets we all have none.

No better place to teach my youngest son, than by Cairngorm.

His thirst was quenched amid the peaks, the granite and the stone.

Amongst the trees, deer, sky and birds, his love of wild was born.

Home-schooling done, yet I, his mum, felt restless and forlorn.

I wandered, pondered, wondered, could I once more be a nurse?

Yes! Off I went to Stirling, studied hard, achieved a first.

Re-awakened, my vocation gave me purpose, gave me joy,

Then quite by chance I found myself in Parklands Group’s employ.

And now I am in charge, tis my own name ‘bove Lynemore’s door.

Striving to give comfort, care, compassion and much more.

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