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Resident awarded with Legion d'Honneur at celebration event

The Cedars & Larches Care Home in Ilkeston celebrated Care Home Open Day this year with a very special event.

Mr Leonard Everitt was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for his services during the Second World War. The French government has been awarding the Légion d’honneur to D-Day veterans from many different countries for several years, as a way of honouring and thanking those who fought and risked their lives to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War. Mr Everitt and his family received this accolade from Mr Jean Claude Le Fontaine, the French Envoy.

Nina Wright, Home Manager, said: “It was a very moving and emotional service watching Mr Everitt being honoured in this way. Members of the British Legion, Mr J Cam, MP Maggie Thourpe, the Mayor of Erewash and everyone at the home all witnessed this very proud moment. It was an honour to be a part of the days event.”

Mr Everitt wasn’t the only person being honoured on the day. The team at The Cedars & Larches were presented with Long Service Awards commending them for their dedication and hard work.

Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities. Events like the one at Henderson House Care Home will help to create lasting links between the residents and their local community.

Care Home Open Day is all about showing people what care homes are really about and how they can be at the centre of the local community, developing relationships across the generations.

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Date published: 15 September 2017

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