HC-One care homes across the country have been preparing for Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11th November.
At The Sycamores Care Home in Hyde, Colleagues and Residents have been creating poppy wreaths and other arts and crafts in honour of Remembrance Day. The Residents selected the colours they wanted to use on their wreaths, before sticking and collaging the shapes together to produce poppies. The Residents also took the time to reflect, and wrote messages and phrases on their wreaths.
Each Resident was happy and proud with their creations, and they enjoyed participating in the activity as their creations have significant meaning behind them and symbolise hope and peace. Colleagues assisted them with hanging the wreaths up on their bedroom doors as a sign of showing their respects. The poppy wreaths have brightened up the corridors of The Sycamores Care Home. Residents also participated in colouring in template picture designs based on the topic of Remembrance. These have been displayed in the windows of the care home for passers by to see as they walk past.
Kath Power, Resident at The Sycamores Care Home said, “My Grandfather was in the war and I always like to make something hand-made in his memory”.
In Scone, Catmoor House Care Home Residents have been creating and decorating biscuits to commemorate Remembrance Day. One Resident in particular, Eliza Reynolds, enjoyed getting her hands messy mixing all of the ingredients and led the way in creating her own World War II themed biscuits with the help of Care Assistant, Megan Douglas. Eliza showed over her baking skills by creating some edible poppies to place on top of her biscuits that were coated in black icing to symbolise and represent a soldier’s uniform.
Catmoor House’s Home Manager, Carol Riley said, “Eliza has created wonderful biscuits to commemorate the fallen this Remembrance Day, she cannot wait to try them.”
As well as Residents taking part in a variety of activities in honour of Remembrance Day, Colleagues across HC-One care homes also took the time to help mark the occasion. At Woodlands View Care Home, Shawn Heppenstall, the Chef at the home took a week of annual leave to do an extraordinary act of kindness. Shawn takes a week off every year in November in order to help The Royal British Legion by standing outside shops and supermarkets to sell poppies. On Remembrance Day, Shawn leads a parade by carrying the Royal British Legion’s Standard but due to the national lockdown this year, this will be carried out differently and the memorial is by invitation only. Shawn is very passionate about being in the British Legion, as he spent four years in the armed forces in the Royal Corps of Signals and has been a member of the British Legion for five years.
Woodlands View Home Manager, Deby O’Hare, commented, “We are all so proud of Shawn for his dedication and we are all happy to support him where we can.”