A Gloucestershire-born war veteran, who will soon be celebrating his 100th birthday, has received a special letter of thanks and a bottle of champagne from His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.
Teddy Hempstead, a resident at Red Roofs Residential Care Home in Newark, Nottinghamshire is celebrating his centenary birthday on Wednesday 4th May 2022. Teddy was awarded the Burma Star, which is a campaign medal awarded for British forces who served in Burma during the World War II. Teddy served in Burma with the 4th Battalion Queen’s Own Royal West Kents, and Teddy is one of less than 30 people that currently hold the medal.
To mark Teddy’s special 100th birthday, Red Roofs General Manager, Trish Smith and her team have been organising a military themed birthday party for him. Birthday cards have been pouring in through for Teddy from the military community, ahead of his special day.
The special package from HRH Prince Charles has been gratefully received by Teddy and the team at Red Roofs. In his letter, Prince Charles, a Patron of the Burma Star Memorial Fund himself, thanked Teddy for his heroic efforts, and those of his comrades, during the Second World War.
Trish Smith, general manager at Red Roofs Residential Care Home said: “Teddy is a much-loved resident at Red Roofs. He has lived an incredible and honourable life and he is a very special person.
“To receive a message from the Prince of Wales, as well as a bottle of champagne, has brought great to joy to Teddy and everyone here at Red Roofs.
“Teddy wishes to thank everyone who has made his 100th birthday that extra bit special.”