We’re delighted to share this amazing display of more than 2,000 poppies, which was created to honour Remembrance Day.
Our nursing home residents joined forces with Nona, our activity coordinator, and Lorraine, our receptionist, to create 2,275 beautiful poppies from tissue paper, laminated pictures, napkins, and crepe paper.
The poppies will be part of a special Remembrance Day commemoration at the Abbey this Thursday, when we will enjoy a performance by professional Hampshire singer songwriter Madison Douch, before a parade by the Cadet Force from St Michael’s School in Burghclere.
Our residents worked morning, noon and night to create this beautiful display, which was unveiled by soldiers from the Royal Artillery – several related to our staff – and Trace Needham, a member of our maintenance team and formerly of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
This really is a remarkable feat, and we are so proud of everyone involved - we are framing the photograph featuring the life-size models of Queen Elizabeth and the Unknown Soldier to send to Buckingham Palace!
The Cadet Force has been organised by Niko Vidovich, who was recently at the Abbey for post-op respite and enjoyed his stay so much he has kept in touch ever since.