Jan 9th, 2015 - Recognition for the ‘forgotten front’ at Beech Tree House Care Home
Ex-servicemen recently lined up at the Goole Cenotaph to lay their respective wreaths in memory of the fallen servicemen who gave their lives in conflicts around the world. Amongst them was 94-year-old Edgar Sheppard from Beech Tree House Care Home who fought for Great Britain during World War II in Burma. Edgar was part of the British Army and fought the Japanese army in Burma from 1941 until 1945, which was the longest continuous campaign and one of the bloodiest during World War II.
Edgar does not feel that enough people know about what the soldiers of the conflict went through due to a lack of coverage of the conflict, which mainly focuses on the events in Europe. He said: “Not many people know about the Burma Star and I wanted the lads who fought out there to be honoured and remembered. I decided to write to the Goole MP Andrew Percy to see if he could arrange for a wreath to be laid to honour the members of the Burma Star. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done to make sure that we will be remembered.”
Speaking about Edgar and the members of the Burma Star, Mr Percy said: “It was a privilege to be able to help secure a Burma Star wreath for Mr Sheppard and it was a delight to meet him on the day. I would like to thank the local Royal British Legion for their help and assistance on this matter too. The Burma campaign was particularly vicious and cruel and Mr Sheppard wrote to me asking me to help ensure this campaign was remembered locally. That is why it was such a privilege to be able to watch Mr Sheppard rise to his feet and lay a wreath.”
Pictured: Edgar Sheppard with the wreath that was laid to commemorate the members of the Burma Star
18 Dec 2017
Residents, relatives and the care team from Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow got into the Christmas spirit last week as they celebrated Christmas Jumper Day.
Everyone did their best to wear the most novelty jumper possible, and the results (as you can see by the picture) are quite outstanding.
Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “We all thought we’d wear our best novelty jumper to raise some money to provide special experiences for the residents in our care. We all had lots of fun and I want to thank everyone who donated.”
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.”
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!”
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!”