Staff and Governors from military charity The Royal Star & Garter Homes received a warm welcome from the Mayor of High Wycombe at an event to introduce the Charity to its new neighbours on Thursday 16 March.
The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council David Letheren, Councillor Suzanne Brown, the Mayor of High Wycombe, local councillors and other supporters and stakeholders attended the reception at The Wycombe Swan to preview the plans for the new state-of-the-art Home being built in the Hughenden area.
Following an introduction from Major General Tim Tyler CB, staff were on hand to answer questions about the specialist care the Charity offers to disabled veterans and their spouses, which includes award-winning dementia care. The Activities team presented a selection of handicrafts made by the residents, explaining that there are over 50 activities and outings on offer to the veterans in the Charity’s two existing Homes in Solihull and Surbiton, which will also be available in the new Home.
The Mayor of High Wycombe, Councillor Zia Ahmed, said of the new Home:
“We are trying to regenerate the area to bring employment here so I’m pleased that The Royal Star & Garter Homes are regenerating this disused site and providing new jobs. We have close links to the RAF so we are delighted to welcome another military organisation to our town. Additionally, we have started a project to make High Wycombe a dementia-friendly town so it is important that we support the work of The Royal Star & Garter Homes which offers exceptional dementia care to veterans.”
The Chief Executive of The Royal Star & Garter Homes, Andy Cole, commented: “Today’s event is about showcasing the new Home which will open its doors to veterans next year. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the community and providing opportunities for staff, volunteers and, of course, residents in High Wycombe. We appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received.”
The construction of the main frame of the four-storey building on Hughenden Avenue is now complete and the Charity has already had a number of enquiries from residents keen to move in and talented staff interested in working for the Charity. The building is on track to open the doors to 74 new residents in Spring 2018.
Further information is available at www.starandgarter.org
- The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire chats to Charity, Major General Tim Tyler
- The Mayor, Cllrs Suzanne Brown and Katrina Wood and Mrs Valerie Letheren
- Major General Tim Tyler Chairman of Governors gave a welcome address
- The High Wycombe event was well attended
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About The Royal Star & Garter Homes:
The Royal Star & Garter Homes is a charity founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War. Today we provide specialist care to the whole military family in our friendly, state-of-the-art Homes in Solihull, West Midlands, and Surbiton, Surrey, and we are building a new Home in High Wycombe which will open its doors in Spring 2018.
Disabled ex-Servicemen and women, and their partners, can all benefit from our pioneering approach to nursing, dementia and therapeutic care. Anyone who is physically disabled or incapacitated and has served in Her Majesty’s Forces is eligible to apply for a place in one of The Royal Star & Garter Homes, as well the partners of ex-Service people.
We are proud to have enjoyed Royal patronage since our foundation, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 to the present day.
The Charity celebrated its centenary in 2016: providing specialist care for disabled veterans since 1916.