Our Extra Care scheme in Prudhoe, The Manors, has been decorated with poppies and a poppy cascade thanks to carers and staff from Karbon Homes.
After last year’s Remembrance Day service, residents living at The Manors Extra Care scheme on Adderlane Road, planned to make their own poppy cascade for the scheme.
Due to Covid-19 and current lockdown restrictions, residents have had to shield in their own homes and were disappointed to learn that they couldn’t decorate the scheme as they had originally planned as their way of paying respect.
After realising residents would not be able to help decorate the cascade, staff from Burn Brae Care, who provide an on-site response service to residents living at the scheme, stepped in to help out. Spending time on their breaks, the staff rallied together to produce a fantastic cascade which is displayed at the front entrance. However, something was needed for the outside, so scheme co-ordinator Lauren McKie decided to make her own poppies for the communal garden after finding some creative inspiration.
She said: “This year, we planned to make our own poppy cascade but sadly, we were unable to. Since lockdown, all residents have had to stay in their own self-contained apartments and observe social distancing measures. The communal areas within the building have also been closed.
“We know, from previous years, that some of our residents like to attend local services around the town to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday. Residents adapted incredibly well during the first lockdown and were enjoying some realm of normality as this ended, and so this second lockdown phase has come as a bit of a blow. Although this year, residents had to pay their respects from their own apartments, we decorated the grounds and the entrance of the building with poppies.
“It is important this year, more so than ever that we help our residents pay their respects when they are unable to in their usual way. This has been a real team effort between Burn Brae Care and Karbon Homes staff to make the cascade and the poppies outside for residents, family members and staff to enjoy and in our small way, bring the service to them.”
Resident and veteran John Johnson, 80, has lived at The Manors with his wife Celia for two years. He served for eight years as a mechanical engineer 1st class in the Royal Navy from 1957 to 1965. He served for a year on Christmas Island testing the H bombs where unfortunately, many of his colleagues and friends lost their lives.
He said: “I loved seeing the poppies, it was nice to see them with not being able to attend a service.”
On Tuesday, singer Deborah Taylor-Smith, who uses the stage name Wor Vera and was a huge success with residents when she performed at the scheme earlier this year, visited to perform a collection of hit songs from the 1940s and 1950s. She sang outside with speakers so that residents could listen to her from within their homes and performed a number of hits from the front and rear of the building, much to the joy of all residents.