Calum’s Cabin Cottage opens

The new Calum's Cabin Cottage at Eastlands Park in Rothesay was open for public viewing last weekend before welcoming its first visitors.
The new Calum's Cabin Cottage at Eastlands Park in Rothesay was open for public viewing last weekend before welcoming its first visitors.

Calum’s Cabin is making giant steps towards helping families with a sick child with the opening of a second home – Calum’s Cabin Cottage, located at Eastlands Park on the edge of Rothesay.

The cottage was open to the public to view on Saturday and Sunday, and it was clear from the faces of those who attended that it is something to be immensely proud of.

With a double bedroom and en-suite bathroom with disabled access, two twin-bedrooms (one of which is en-suite), a separate bathroom, a kitchen, lounge and games room, the Cottage provides luxury and comfort at a time when the families staying there will be needing it more than ever.

Throughout the building there are numerous, colourful reminders as to the reason for its existence.

Stained glass windows in the games room, lounge and at the front door feature handprints and drawings from children who have stayed at the Cabin since it was opened in February 2009.

The opening of the Cottage means that Calum’s Cabin can now cater for twice as many families as before, and, combined with the shop in Tower Street, is making a real difference to the lives of children suffering from life-threatening conditions.

Meanwhile, as we reported last week, Calum’s twin sister Jenna travelled to London to receive a Diana Champion Fundraiser Award from the Diana Award charity, set up in 1999 in memory of the late Princess of Wales.

Maggie Turner OBE, chief executive of The Diana Award said: “It is crucial that young people, like Jenna, who are dedicated to supporting others, are recognised with an Award.

“This recognition inspires young people to carry on helping others and improve our society.”