Birthday celebrations at Restgarth Care Home.
Dame Vera Lynn Day
Article written by Marjorie
(Resident of Restgarth)
On 20th March 2017, Restgarth marked the 100th birthday of the celebrated Dame Vera Lynn with a day long series of special events which included a war-time menu and a showing of the 1943 film “We’ll meet again”. The dining room was decked with flags and bunting and Lynda chatted to residents about her life and work.
James tells us all about Vera
Accompanied by his guide dog Kim, James Lynes a personal friend of Dame Vera Lynn made a special visit to Restgarth on 27th March to give a talk about Dame Vera’s 100th birthday celebrations. The visit came 10 days after he was a special guest at the celebration of her life and work, held at the London Palladium on Saturday 18th March. Sadly Dame Vera was too frail to attend the celebrations in person, but the evening which included a visit by H.M the Queen ,was well supported by her family ,including her daughter and grand-daughter who took back to her a video of the performance, photos and lots of stories in addition to holding a family party for her on 20th March 2017.
When he visited Restgarth, James brought many photos of the evening including some of himself with various celebrities such as Jimmy Tarbuck , Wayne Sleep and Anita Harris. James said he felt “very privileged and honoured” to have been able to contribute to the ‘Birthday evening ‘dedicated to Vera’s charity for children with cerebal palsy. He said that his future plans include a parachute jump to raise money for the charity which he plans to do later this year.
Small changes at Restgarth
We have continued to make some changes at Restgarth recently. You may have noticed the new archway in the garden which will have some lovely climbing plants growing over it. In addition, Simon has continued to make over some of our bedrooms and paint individual doors in the colour of our residents choice adding some colour and brightness to the home. Ben has also been making over some of our bedroom furniture to give it a more modern and up to date look. Work has also been underway to spruce up the outside of the building with both painting and planting.
In March Lynda and Hannah delivered two demonstrations to Residents to explain how various equipment is used around the home including hoist slide sheets and mangar cushion.
The demonstrations not only displayed the use of the equipment but also provided valuable information and gave an opportunity for residents to ask questions.
All residents who attended felt it was both an interesting and useful exercise.
Our little shop continues to do well and has been well stocked with the help of our residents throughout March
with some beautiful handmade bookmarks, necklaces,cushions, greeting cards, pin cushions and pebbles as well as providing some interesting books for sale. To date we have raised £71.50 which will be used for resident trips out in the summer.Well done everyone !