Lest We Forget

13 November 2017

Remembrance tributes around our services

Hundreds of people across our services have been involved in a series of thoughtful tributes to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Preparing for the weekend of commemoration, St Catherine's Nursing Home residents spent one of their regular craft sessions carefully making beautiful felt poppies with the help of their talented activity co-ordinator, Sarah. Dozens of the finished poppies were then used to decorate their dignity tree in the home's main entrance, giving everyone a special focal point to gather to remember all the men and women who have been killed in conflict.

Meanwhile, residents living in our Holy Cross Nursing Home enjoyed a day of remembrance with a war-time singalong. Visiting singer, Margaret Myers, had everyone joining in with popular songs such as 'Pack Up You Troubles', 'White Cliffs of Dover' and 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' before chatting to each resident about their war-time memories.

Adults with learning disabilities at our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington paid their respects by making a traditional poppy wreath for their dining room wall and took part in a discussion around the significance of the annual commemoration.

And there was no forgetting the importance of Poppy Day for anyone visiting our Alan Shearer Activity Centre. "Many of our members have been involved in making our poppy display in reception," said recreation assistant, Jan Rootham. "There was barely a space without a poppy when it was finished and it looked magnificent as well as being a fitting tribute."