Remembrance Day 2020 was one to remember for staff, residents and members of the community.
Abbeyfield houses and homes across the country paused for two minutes silence, watched the service and found more ways to show their support, creating poppy displays, baking, decorating the house and lighting candles. Victoria House in Kew wanted to take things a little further, including asking as many people as they could in their community to paint a poppy on a pebble and leave it on the doorstep of the house.
Poppies on pebbles at Victoria House
Activities Coordinator, Marilyn initiated the campaign by distributing leaflets to local shops and placing posters outside the house. Staff weren’t sure whether people would take part, but were pleasantly surprised when the doorbell kept ringing to find pebbles left on the doorstep and bench outside. Slowly but surely the collection began to grow with a grand total of 89 pebbles; 70 of which were from people in the local community.
Care Home Manager, Noma Shaikh said:
This year has been really difficult but we wanted to ensure that we made the day special, so when one of our Care Workers, Charlotte suggested asking the community to paint pebbles with poppies, we thought it was such a lovely idea and we were overwhelmed at the response.
The community really got behind the project – it was such a joy for staff and residents to see how many people took part. The lovely collection was used as a focal point during the television service and now takes pride of place around the water feature in the garden.
Poppies worn with pride
There were so many wonderful displays across Abbeyfield, with residents and staff wearing their poppies and badges with pride. This certainly was a day to remember so we thought we'd share a few more photos from the day below.
Abbeyfield Hertfordshire Society, Friars Mead
Abbeyfield Newcastle had some amazing displays
Abbeyfield Wessex Society residents held their poppies with pride
Stunning displays by residents at the Abbeyfield Wessex Society
Residents of Wey Valley painted poppies for their display
Phil Mead House set up a beautiful and bright display
Speedwell Court residents created window displays
One of our Winnersh resident's next to their brilliant display
Westall House celebrated together with tea and lunch
We'd like to say a final thank you to all those in the community who got involved by dropping pebbles off to houses, making donations and more.