Selfless work commemorated

Cohen Cherry Trees. 'Two cherry trees were planted at Stracathro Hospital by Angus Care and Repair in recognition of the  considerable and inspirational work that Dr. Cyril Cohen O.B.E. and Dr. Betty Cohen M.B.E. have selflessly carried out for older people in Angus. 'Dr. Betty Cohen (4th from left) is pictured with members of Angus Care and Repair and Stracathro Hospital staff by the commemorative plaque and one of the trees. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

Cohen Cherry Trees. 'Two cherry trees were planted at Stracathro Hospital by Angus Care and Repair in recognition of the considerable and inspirational work that Dr. Cyril Cohen O.B.E. and Dr. Betty Cohen M.B.E. have selflessly carried out for older people in Angus. 'Dr. Betty Cohen (4th from left) is pictured with members of Angus Care and Repair and Stracathro Hospital staff by the commemorative plaque and one of the trees. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

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A permanent marker to commemorate the work of a selfless couple has been placed at Stracathro Hospital.

A special ceremony held at the site last week, marked the efforts of Dr Betty Cohen and the late Dr Cyril Cohen for the work they did for Angus Care and Repair over the years.

Angus Care and Repair, which provides various services for older and disabled people in Angus to help them with home repairs, adaptations and improvements, announced to Dr Betty Cohen at their annual general meeting earlier this year that they planned to honour the work done by her and her late husband, Dr Cyril Cohen.

Two cherry trees were planted in the hospital grounds, with permission from NHS Tayside, one for Dr Betty and one for her husband.

During the annual general meeting, Ken Fenwick paid tribute to couple’s work, commenting: “I cannot emphasise enough how much Betty and Cyril but particularly Betty was pivotal in firstly getting Care and Repair in Angus and secondly making it the success that it is today.”

In 1995 Betty successfully negotiated a small grant to do a pilot small repairs service which was the catalyst for a larger successful application to the Lottery in 1996 for funding of the small repairs service.

In 1998 Angus Care and Repair became the first independent Care and Repair in Scotland and Betty was appointed chairman of the new organisation.

From then, Care and Repair went from strength to strength before she stood down as chairperson in September 2001.

Despite stepping down from her role, Betty remained a director of the group along with her husband, until he sadly passed way last year.

Stracathro Hospital was selected as the site for trees, as this was were Dr Cyril spent most of his working life on the geriatric ward.

The couple were well known in the local community both for their work with Dalhousie Day Care Centre in Brechin.