The inspiring life story of an incredible woman at Fife care homeA Resident has spoken about her incredible life helping those less fortunate in South Africa. The tale comes as International Women’s Day celebrations get underway at HC-One’s Woodside Court care home in Glenrothes.

Ruth Hutchinson joined the Salvation Army aged just 15-years-old where she trained as an officer. In her time with the charity, she became a missionary and had the incredible opportunity to go overseas to Ghana where she was involved in helping people with leprosy.

While there, she met her husband and the pair married in South Africa in 1955. The couple continued to lead a busy life helping those less fortunate while raising her four children as well as their goat, cat and even a monkey.

Her husband helped to build homes and taught young men how to farm their own crops while Ruth helped with child care and taught nutrition and home economics.

Ruth said: “I enjoy talking about my life. Very happy times.”

Ruth is telling her story as part of International Women’s Day 2021, a day that recognises and celebrates incredible women all around the world. Everyone at the home has loved hearing the wonderful life story of Ruth Hutchinson.

Woodside Court Home Manager, Nicola Procter, commented: “You learn so much from Residents’ life stories. What an inspirational woman.”