Essex care home holds special celebration to mark VE Day

Essex care home holds special celebration to mark VE DayAspen Grange care home in Braintree marked Victory in Europe Day with a special celebration at the home.

The home held a 1940s themed party with a performance by local entertainer, Derek Firman, who sang all the war-time classics and was dressed in 1940s uniform.

The home was also decorated with Union Jacks and refreshments were available for all guests.

Many residents fought and lived through World War II and guests enjoyed sharing their war time memories.

Resident Sidney Koenick (89) served in the Army during World War II. He was awarded British Campaign medals and has two of the 1939-1945 medals and his defence medal that he proudly wears every day. Sidney has many memories of the war, particularly Winston Churchill’s broadcasts and when he took part in the Victory Parade in London.

Resident Leslie Lee (89) served in World War II in the Navy and Margaret Connor (96), who is also a resident, was a Corporal in the Auxillary Territorial Service (ATS) serving as a transport driver, for which she was awarded British Campaign Medals.

Aspen Grange care home is part of Opal Care Homes, under the management of experienced care operator Healthcare Management Solutions.

Based on Coldnailhurst Avenue, the home offers residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 49 elderly residents.

Rhoda Casey, Manager of Aspen Grange said: “It was really important for us to celebrate VE Day as it was a poignant landmark day in history for many of our residents. Lots of our residents have memories of both WW1 and WW2 and fought in the war, so it was great for us to listen to them reminiscing – we all learnt a lot.

“The party was fantastic and all of our residents enjoyed the day, we’d like to say a big thank you to Derek Firman for entertaining our guests.”

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