TV and radio donations helping care home residents

Vivian Wallace checking tvs

Thanks to the kindness of local people, some care home residents having to self-isolate in their rooms without any form of entertainment, now have access to televisions and radios to help them pass the time. 

Ageing Well Midlothian initiative

This has been made possible due to the generosity of participants and friends of the Ageing Well Midlothian initiative, who have been donating radios and televisions for Midlothian care homes residents.

Black Diamond radio

This collection has been organised by Vivian Wallace, Coordinator of the Ageing Well Midlothian Project, pictured above. Hearing about the plight of some care home residents during the Coronavirus outbreak, she initially put a call out to some of the Ageing Well groups for radios. This led to 14 radios being collected by Vivian which were cleaned and tuned in to Black Diamond Radio (107.8FM). The station broadcasts a show for older people every Sunday between 5-6pm and now the residents will be able to listen in to the show which features requests and stories.

Successful collection

Since local people heard news of the radio collection, offers of televisions have also come in. To date 30 radios and 21 televisions have been donated and more have been offered.


Vivian said: “The energy and enthusiasm of local people wishing to help has been amazing. A special thanks to all Ageing Well friends and participants who have helped and donated. So far Highbank, Newbyres, Thornlea and Springfield Bank care homes have benefitted from this and we are planning to deliver to other care homes this week."


6 May 2020