London care home invites local community to honour D-Day

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A Kingston Vale care home is opening its doors to the community for a commemorative ceremony.

On Thursday, June 6, from 1pm till 4pm, Care UK’s Sherwood Grange on Robin Hood Lane, is welcoming local people to honour the 80th anniversary of D-Day with its very own lamp lighting ceremony.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on June 6 1944, Care UK is partnering with royal pageant master Bruno Peek, CVO OBE OPR, coordinator of ‘D-Day 80 Lamp Light of Peace’. Along with the three Forces Charities and the Merchant Navy Association, over 100 Care UK homes will take part in this nationwide tribute.

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At Sherwood Grange, the team has been hard at work organising a special commemorative event which will see residents and guests enjoy a 1940s-themed party, with team members dressed in the decade’s attire. Guests will also be treated to live music from popular entertainers, the D-Day Dollies, who will be singing popular wartime songs.

Residents get ready for D-Day celebrations.Residents get ready for D-Day celebrations.
Residents get ready for D-Day celebrations.

The lamp, which represents the peace that followed the end of World War Two, will be lit at 4pm by resident, Pat Williams, 98, who worked in a munitions factory during the war.

Kristina Jacunskiene, Home Manager at Sherwood Grange, said: “Here at Sherwood Grange we’re always grateful for an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with our neighbours, so we’re looking forward to welcoming the community for a special event marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

“This is an incredibly important milestone for many residents, and we’re keen to honour all those involved. Music is a fantastic way to bring back memories for older people and a wonderful way to bring communities together, so we’re thrilled to welcome the D-Day Dollies to get everyone’s toes tapping.

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“We’re looking forward to welcoming new and old faces to Sherwood Grange as we mark such a significant moment in history.”

To find out more about how Care UK is supporting the initiative, please visit: careuk.com/dday-80th-anniversar

To find out more about Sherwood Grange or to book your place on the event, please contact, Customer Relations Manager, Paul Boyce, by emailing: [email protected], or call 020 4502 8956.

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