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Every face tells a story. Every story is unique.

This Remembrance please help veterans share theirs.

Dick's story

Dick studied science at university and then undertook his National Service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. This led to a long and successful career with the British Oxygen Company. When he finally had to retire, Dick discovered new passions such as painting, gardening and walking.

 

Accepting residential care was something he was reluctant to do. But after visiting one of our Homes and seeing what we provide, Dick decided to move in. Two years on, surrounded by our caring staff and with the friendship of other veterans and their partners, Dick has been able to re-ignite his passion for life by spending time in our gardens and beginning painting again.

Phyllis' story

Phyllis joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1942, aged 19. Following the war, she also served in Belgium and Germany for six months. She remembers: “It was awful. I saw all the destruction and starving people. That’s something I’ll never forget.”

 

Phyllis came to one of our Homes for two weeks’ respite care and liked it so much she decided to stay permanently. Specialist physiotherapy sessions are a vital part of Phyllis’ care and have helped her to stay mobile and maintain her independence.

Amy's story

Amy left school when World War II was underway and went straight to work at a factory. But she was desperate to be part of the Armed Services and in 1942 at just 17, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

 

Amy was an inspiring young woman who helped to protect cities from attack by enemy bombers and, later in the war, the dreaded V1 flying bombs. After her husband passed away, Amy sadly su­ffered a stroke which left her partially disabled and struggling to cope on her own. Thanks to her extraordinary military service, Amy’s daughter was able to get her a place in one of our Homes.

Why we need your support

Our residents are all living with disability or dementia and are among the most vulnerable people in our society. They are all unique, but what unites them is their service to our country.

 

Coronavirus has thrown them a new challenge, a moment in time that they never thought they would be adding to their story. And for our teams, our ethos of care with courage has been tested in ways we could never have imagined.

 

Together we have done whatever it takes to help keep residents happy and safe. This has come at a high cost both financially and emotionally. Winter has not yet set in and we face a potential second wave of the virus with further challenges ahead. Despite this, we will be there to provide our loving and compassionate care.

Phillip's Story

"I’ve always loved the variety of my job here, but the last few months have created a new chapter in my life."

I’ve been with Royal Star & Garter for 24 years and love my job, it has enabled me to hear the stories of so many inspiring veterans. People who have done amazing things in serving their country.

 

I help deliver the programme of activities and events that make living with us so positive and fulfilling. However, the pandemic has turned so much of this on its head. As a team we have pulled together and done everything we can to keep our residents and each other safe, often doing jobs we wouldn’t normally. I’ve driven our staff minibus to keep people off public transport and away from risk, I’ve delivered meals to people’s rooms and have even helped in the laundry, ironing residents’ clothes!

 

At times this has been challenging and exhausting, but the constant throughout is the extraordinary resilience of our residents, still smiling with us despite all they have had to endure. I am immensely proud of being part of that, their patience and understanding has been both humbling and inspiring.