Friday 8th May 2020 saw us celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day here at Hilton House Care Home
. While we did have big plans to mark the occasion in the company of our friends, family and the wider community, we weren’t going to let the lockdown stand in the way of us giving our residents a day to remember as we commemorated and celebrated the brave Second World War generation who sacrificed so much for us.
So, with a little bit of out-of-the-box thinking and a ‘can-do’ attitude, our wonderful team put their heads together to mastermind a Staying Safe Party. And what a fantastic day it was!
In the company of each other, our residents and team members came together to eat cake, raise a toast, have a sing-along and wave some flags in honour of the day. We even encouraged our followers on social media to get involved too by decorating their houses and driveways, dressing up in vintage costumes and (of course) having a slice of cake and a cup of tea in celebration.
A VE Day To Remember
If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll know that we had a wonderful time celebrating VE Day at Hilton House. We kicked off the day with a rousing rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, which was heartwarming and emotional in equal measure!
Luckily, the sun shone on us and we were able to get outside and enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea complete with homemade VE Day celebration cake and cupcakes decorated with Union Jacks. As you can see from the pictures, the cake went down a treat among residents and team members, and there wasn’t much left come the end of the day!
Residents also enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane,reminiscing and sharing happy memories of days gone by. We also all enjoyed a spot of patriotic flag waving and more than few sing-alongs throughout the day, which in combination with the gorgeous weather kept our spirits high and smiles on all of our faces.
We’ll Meet Again
We had a fantastic time celebrating VE Day alongside our wonderful residents here at Hilton House. Even in these difficult times, the capacity of our team members and residents to find light even in dark times is truly overwhelming. We felt incredibly sad to not be able to invite family members and friends to enjoy our celebrations, but very blessed to have each other and be in the company of such wonderful friends.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to those of you at home who joined in the VE Day celebrations. We all love seeing what you are getting up to, especially the wonderfully positive ways in which we’re managing to stay together even though we must stay apart.
In the words of Vera Lynn ‘we’ll meet again’ and we can’t wait. Until then, please do continue to engage with us on social media (if you haven’t already). We regularly share news, updates and photographs of what our residents and team members are getting up to and we all love to hear from family members and friends, too.