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Edith Duly

The foundation stone for Edith Duly was laid in 1959 but the Home was not fully functional until 1960. It was originally a 24-bed “cottage” hospital intended to serve the Coronation Cottage complex, including Queen Mary House and Ralstein Home. Funds were raised to build the Home and by far the largest donor was Mrs. Edith Duly. In 1967, an additional 26 bed wing was built and over the years, the Home was expanded to accommodate 60 beds. The Lions Club of Matopos assisted in the building of a 14 bed Convalescent Unit which was opened in 1987

Edith Duly is Bulawayo's only Private Nursing Home and is situated on our own land, granted by the City Council, within the Coronation Cottage Complex on Fife Street extension.

The Home has celebrated over 52 years of service to the community, to both men and women, elderly and no so old. Admittance to the Home is usually for persons over the age of 60 years, but we quite often make exceptions for younger persons with special needs - stoke and accident victims, diabetics with complications, epileptic sufferers etc.

Affected first by our own economic meltdown and then by the global economic recession, we were forced to restructure bed space at the Home and can now offer a total of 63 beds available within various accommodation options. These range from 4 to 6 bed wards, private with en suite and private with communal ablutions. We also have a limited number of units suitable to elderly couples. Our care ranges from basic daily attendance to ensure correct administration of medications, and personal hygiene and well being to full on 24 hour frail care nursing assistance. The Convalescent Unit was re-located to the High Care division of the Home and due to reduced demand, now has only six beds. Vinnicombe Clinic, used until 2009 for additional bed space, was closed for a period of two years, but has now been re-opened by Senior Citizen Service as a pro bono clinic where doctors give of their time to those who have no financial means for medical assistance.

As much as is possible, residents are encouraged to participate in activities, partake of their meals in the dining room so as to enjoy fellowship with other residents and utilise the lounge where our television has satellite reception. The gardens, the envy of all who visit, are lovingly maintained by our grounds staff under the supervision of Matron Brewster – a veteran in her own right. We are well supported by caring church groups and individuals who come regularly to give pastoral care and entertainment. Individual birthdays are remembered with a birthday cake and token gift given to each resident. Christmas is a very important date on the calendar and the Home is bedecked in festive splendour from early December. Christmas Day lunch is a wonderful treat for all.

But, all this would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from donors both overseas and local. Donations ensure that the elderly, who have no recourse to pensions or family subsidies, are able to remain at Edith Duly Nursing Home and enjoy a high level of care and fellowship in their twilight years.

We gratefully thank those who contribute to the well being of all at Edith Duly and we pray that they be abundantly blessed for their kindness and generosity

Leila Hunt

If you are able to assist with a donation please donate online via this website.

The bank details for fund transfers is -
Zimbabwe Aid Fund, Natwest Stroud,
Branch Sort Code: 55-61-08
Account Number: 66581427.

Cheques can be sent to: Zimbabwe Aid Fund, Yew Tree Cottage, Box Village, Glos. GL69HP.

Enquiries to:  or call Sean Kelly on 0776 5522 194