Even though Remembrance Day celebrations were different this year, Droitwich-based care home Ravenstone ensured residents could still commemorate. Paying respects to those who fought for our country, and those that continue to serve in the Armed Forces.

Ravenstone resident John Tarleton received a memorial wreath from his military regiment to ensure he could continue take part in this year’s Remembrance celebrations. John served in the Royal Mechanical Engineers and laid his wreath in the home’s garden.

John requested that the wreath was then taken to Droitwich War Memorial. At the memorial, it was laid by Dylan, the son of carer and Royal British Legion member, Sarah Moore.

With two members of staff also members of the local Royal British Legion branch, the home was in the fortunate position to be able to hold their own socially-distanced Remembrance commemoration complete with the last post for its residents.

Keeping Connections with the Local Community

Wendy Stokoe, home manager at Ravenstone, said: “It has been a very strange year for everyone. However, we have been working hard to help the residents feel included as part of the wider community, as well as feeling safe and stimulated within the home.

“Remembrance Day is incredibly important to many of our residents. Particularly for those who are veterans or who have family members who have served. So we knew we needed to find a way to mark it appropriately, even if we couldn’t visit a public event.

“We gave our residents time and space to reflect and remember and share stories of their own experiences and those of loved ones on this significant day. We hope that next year we will be remembering with family and friends in the community, together again.”

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