In a heartwarming Remembrance Day event at The Hazelwell Care Home in Heswall, residents created poppy wreaths with messages of thanks and dedication to those who served. The event not only allowed residents to tell their stories, but also provided our staff and others in attendance with a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who served our country.
One veteran in particular, Bill, recounted his extraordinary experiences as an engineer during the day, and firefighter by night in the war-torn streets of Liverpool.
“I went through the Blitz in Liverpool, and I was very fortunate to survive as I was surrounded by bombs and fire. I didn’t know if I would live through it, but I am grateful that I was able to survive. You had no time to think about yourself; you just went out and did the best you could to fight fires and do your best”, explained Bill.
Whilst most shared memories and stories, another resident Rex, also shared a poem;
The other morning when I woke at dawn,
In my room which overlooks Hazelwell's front lawn,
As the curtains I did unfold,
A wondrous sight there was to behold,
The grass was covered in poppies - more than a few,
To commemorate those fallen in battles including wars 1 and 2,
I lost two uncles in the first war,
In the second - school pals and others I lost many more,
The poppies had been knitted by ex staff here,
As they remembered and perhaps shed a tear,
Passes by stop and are gazing,
At this sight so amazing,
We pay homage and remember.
As we listened to Bill's story and Rex’s poem, we were reminded of the resilience and bravery shown by those who served during World War II. This heartfelt event at The Hazelwell Care Home not only allowed us to express gratitude to veterans like Bill but also served as a poignant reminder that the sacrifices made should never be forgotten.
At our care home on The Wirral, we take pride in providing person-centred care, which includes taking the time to get to know all about our residents and the lives they lead. We go above and beyond to understand their likes, dislikes, needs and wishes and put them at the core of the care we deliver.