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Ross’s Story

Ross first discovered Upper Springland in 1985, and following two decades living in a flat close by with Capability Scotland’s support, he moved back into the care facility in 2023

A promising athlete and an aspiring professional footballer, 21-year-old Ross was involved in a devastating car accident in 1980. Despite the life altering prognosis and a lengthy recovery process, Ross’s determined spirit shone through. His story is not just one of survival but of remarkable adaptation and resilience.

Ross Edwards shares his story at Upper Springland

Through the unwavering support of his family, Ross rediscovered his strengths and forged a new identity, proving that even in the face of adversity, hope and determination can pave the way for a fulfilling life.

When Ross’s mum, Cathie, first found Upper Springland, she fought to secure Ross a home in a community that would help reintegrate Ross into a supportive peer group. After 15 years and despite mum’s determination, Ross longed for independence. With the help of Capability Scotland Ross moved to a flat in the city centre of Perth where he lived for more than 20 years.

With regular visits and phone calls from his four siblings, Ross’ support system has enabled him to still enjoy the thing he holds most dear – football. From coaching children to always watching a game on TV, his passion for the sport has never wavered.

Ross’s transition to Upper Springland in 2023 was more a homecoming than relocation, as his family sought after specialised care over Ross moving to a non-specialised care facility for the elderly.

Ross’ sister Morag said: “Ross may have endured immense challenges from his accident, but his unbreakable spirit and loving personality have remained constant throughout his journey. He has never lost his zest for life, his passion for football, or his generous heart.

“Ross faces each day with remarkable resilience and humility, often expressing gratitude that he was able to persevere through such an adversity so that others did not have to.

“To me, Ross will always be the caring brother I’ve known since childhood – a person who brings laughter, inspiration and hope into the lives of all who know him. I am immensely proud of how he has built a life of purpose and joy despite the obstacles.”

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