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Those Not Forgotten Years – Week One



Those Not Forgotten Years – our new outdoor, socially distanced concert tour – got off to a flying start this week.

Our team of professional entertainers paid a visit to 9 care homes across the south east, from the Royal Star and Garter in Surbiton, to Blind Veterans UK in Brighton.

In just one week, the impact of these shows on residents and staff members has been immense. Residents of all ages, who have been in isolation from their friends and family for four months, were given the chance to celebrate and reminisce – and with a slice of cake!

On day two, we met 96 year old Ray, a D Day veteran who served with RAOC. At the end of the show, Ray was full of energy and had an enormous smile on his face, “I can’t describe fully how lovely today has been – it’s brought back so many memories.”

D Day veteran Roy at the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust’s Pembroke House

Suzanne Garston, General Manager of Sunrise of Banstead also commented on the impact of the show, “We always celebrate the VE Day event within the community, but to have visitors come and share this with us at this difficult social distancing time has been amazing and it is very important to our residents to have these special dates NOT FORGOTTEN. An emotional but happy time spent today.”

The next week of shows will start on 3 August in the North West. Keep an eye on our social media channels and our website for updates.

Royal British Legion Industries residents enjoying Jason Allen’s performance on Tuesday