Band of brothers (and sisters) do their bit for our armed forces during 90th anniversary appeal

17th November 2011

Elderly residents at a Kingston upon Thames care home have banded together to make thousands of poppies for the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. The residents at Galsworthy House, a care and retirement home overlooking Richmond Park, were inspired by the heroics of our Service men and women; both those currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and those who have served with honour throughout the years.

Residents and staff had been thinking of the best way that they could demonstrate their support. They wanted to show that older people living in a care environment can still make a valuable contribution to such an important cause. Many recalled all too well the trauma associated with the Second World War and these feelings were brought vividly back to life by the scenes of mass support shown in Royal Wootton Bassett when fallen service personnel were being repatriated.

When Galsworthy’s Activities Coordinator Julie Nicholls took a tour of the British Legion's Poppy Factory in Richmond earlier this year, she knew she had found the ideal means of demonstrating support and making a difference.

Every year the Royal British Legion distributes over 45 million poppies around the world to raise money for those who have been affected by conflict. Staff and residents at Galsworthy worked together to make over 2,000 poppies and hosted a special afternoon tea party for the retired army personnel who create the poppies each year at the factory.

Galsworthy House provides residential and nursing care for up to 64 elderly people and is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group. Mother and son team Helena and Paul Jeffery established the Group in 1994 and it has grown to be a leading care provider in the UK.

Activities Coordinator Julie Nicholls, said:

“It was so interesting to take a tour of the Legion's Poppy Factory in Richmond and see all the hard work that goes on there.

“I knew the residents at Galsworthy would really enjoy being involved and I’m so pleased that we have already made 2,000 poppies! It’s wonderful to be able to do our bit for such an important cause.”

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