To help boost morale at this particularly challenging time for care homes and to bring a smile to as many veterans’ faces as possible on VE Day, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has been working with five top veteran care providers: Royal British Legion Industries in Kent, Broughton House in Salford, Erskine in Scotland, the Royal Star and Garter in the South East and West Midlands, and the Royal Cambridge in Surrey to bring VE Day street parties into the homes.
Residents will be able to enjoy VE Day parties on Friday 8th May, with music, singing and other reminiscence activities – and staff will ensure that even those having to self-isolate in their rooms will have the party brought to them where possible, with bunting and room decorations and VE Day-themed tea and cake.
Bridgadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said:
“The coronavirus might have made it a little harder to commemorate VE Day this year, but ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has been delighted to partner with these leading care providers to ensure our elderly veterans can enjoy a celebration. On 8 May, we will remember the loss of so many who fought for our freedom while also paying tribute to those who serve today.”
Notes to Editors
1. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, formed in 1944 to provide a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families when they are in need. In the past year, we have helped 70,000 members of the Army family in 68 countries across the globe and funded 92 other charities and organisations to deliver specialist services. While there is a British Army, there will be The Soldier’ Charity. www.soldierscharity.org