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Oct 16th, 2014 - Marlborough Court Care Home hosts inaugural Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight to commemorate the centenary of WW1

Community leaders, school children and care home residents gathered at an inaugural event to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 in the spirit of forgiveness.

Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead was the venue for the historic occasion of the first ever Flame of Forgiveness event, which was held as part of the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight is a new initiative between care homes and schools to commemorate the centenary of WW1. The project has been launched by the team at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead alongside their local MP Teresa Pearce and it is being supported by The Forgiveness Project charity and Care England. NAPA are also working with Marlborough Court on the project.

A host of guests including Teresa Pearce MP, Bexley Mayor Howard Marriner, Care England’s Professor Martin Green, Sylvie Silver from NAPA, Marina Cantacuzino of the Forgiveness Project, Linda Delieu of Trust Thamesmead and schoolchildren and teachers from the local school, Bexley Business Academy.

Built on munitions land from Woolwich Arsenal, which still exists three miles away, Marlborough Court held the beacon lighting ceremony on October 6thwhere the local schoolchildren jointly lit torches alongside a resident at the home Catherine Thompson.

The home was decorated with artwork depicting forgiveness which had been created by the children and the pupils also read moving poems about forgiveness.

Home Manager Maggie Candy said: “It was a very moving evening, with the community joining together to commemorate WW1 in the spirit of forgiveness. I’d like to thank Teresa Pearce MP and all of our other guests for their support.”

MP Teresa Pearce said: “I was delighted to work with Marlborough Court on this important project which focuses on remembrance and reconciliation. Forgiveness is so important – if you carry hatred then it weighs you down, and I believe all the guests at this inaugural Flame of Forgiveness event took that away as a strong message.”

Throughout the fortnight the home will be working with the local school and community to offer opportunities to get together to discuss aspects of war and WW1 from a forgiveness aspect. Children at the school will be encouraged to write poetry or sing, make flags and give their thoughts on forgiveness.

The Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight will run for two weeks until 19th October 2014 and care homes across the country are being invited to team up with a local school and light a beacon in remembrance of WWI as well as plan activities that communities can get involved with.

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17 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”

Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.

Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


16 Dec 2017

The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.

It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.

Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.

May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.

Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.

The headline acts included:

  • Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
  • Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
  • Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
  • Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
  • Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
  • Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ

Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


16 Dec 2017

The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.

Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.

Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


15 Dec 2017

The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.

Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.

Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”

Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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