Residents of Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home), based in Worthing, were treated to a trip down memory lane and an afternoon of entertainment as part of a special concert series organised by The Not Forgotten on Thursday 23rd July.
The Not Forgotten, a British Armed Forces charity for serving and ex-service men and women recently launched Those Not Forgotten Years, a nationwide outdoor concert tour of care homes to entertain, boost morale and lift spirits by reaching 1000s of residents across the country.
Around 30 Care for Veterans residents and staff gathered in the grounds for the Sussex concert – all at a suitable social distance for a memorable afternoon to lift the lockdown blues.
Residents sang along, tapped their feet and waved their arms as The Not Forgotten professional entertainment team of singers and musicians performed a set of popular classics and rousing favourites from the 30s to the 60s including a poignant special tribute the late Dame Vera Lynn.
A fabulous afternoon-tea was also served evoking a real garden party feel for the residents who later relaxed in one of the homes’ new gardens which veterans decided to name after The Not Forgotten in recognition of the ongoing support they provide residents.
Commenting on the day, Andy Neaves, Chief Executive, Care for Veterans said, “On behalf of everyone here at Care for Veterans, I’d like to thank The Not Forgotten for putting on such a fantastic show for us today. 2020 has been a difficult year everyone, not least the residents and staff at Care for Veterans. This visit has lifted the spirits of everyone living or working here and we are so grateful to The Not Forgotten for their continued support.”
Brigadier James Stopford, CBE, CEO of The Not Forgotten said: “Sadly, events to commemorate VE Day, VJ Day and D Day could not take place properly this year, so we were determined to help WW2 veterans and those who have served their country mark these important days by bringing the celebrations to them.”
The Not Forgotten combats isolation and loneliness amongst the Armed Forces community through social activities and challenge holidays. If you are a serving or ex-member of the Armed Forces or you know of someone that could benefit from the help of The Not Forgotten, please get in touch by contacting Tel: 0207 730 2400