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Ayrshire Care Home Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Malin Court care home in Girvan, Ayrshire, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of providing residential care in the community.

More than 80 guests including current residents, their family and friends, and staff joined celebrations on Friday 21 July, for a fun-filled garden party with musical entertainment from local singer Edwin Laurence and a BBQ lunch.

Betty and Bert Dunlop
Betty and Bert Dunlop

Malin Court was founded as a care home, restaurant and hotel in 1973 by Malin Housing Association. The unique set up of the home, believed to be the first and only hotel, restaurant and care home hybrid in Scotland, quickly became an important part of the local community.

Many residents who currently reside in the home have celebrated major life milestones at Malin Court previously. This includes Betty and Bert Dunlop, who recently marked their 70th wedding anniversary together as residents of Malin Court, sharing previous happy memories celebrating the occasion in Malin Court’s restaurant.

The care home arm of the business was acquired by Renaissance Care Group, which manages more than 16 homes across Scotland.

Sadly, the fall out from the Covid-19 pandemic saw the closure of the restaurant and hotel offering. However, these spaces have now been converted to offer enhanced residential care facilities offering spacious, communal areas for residents and visitors.

George and Iris Ritchie
George and Iris Ritchie

The 50th anniversary marks an important milestone in Malin Court’s history as it continues to support local people and their families with bespoke residential packages in the heart of Ayrshire.

Betty Dunlop, 89, resident at Malin Court Said
“I have so many wonderful memories of Malin Court. I used to come to the restaurant with friends and family regularly, to mark special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. Malin Court has always been a special place for me and my family. The party was an absolute joy and reminded me very much of those happy times.”

Louise Dunlop, Malin Court Care Home Manager, said:
“Over the last 50 years, Malin Court has firmly established itself in the heart and minds of the local community, with so many of us holding treasured memories of visits to the hotel and its restaurant. It’s an honour to continue that legacy and ensure that many more happy memories are made at Malin Court.

“Celebrating 50 years with residents and the wider community was a fitting way to truly recognise its legacy within the local community. Our team of care home staff go over and above every day to ensure our residents get the best quality of care and support, and we’re looking forward to continuing this over the next 50 years.”