Over one thousand residents and staff in around 40 care homes throughout were the borough enjoyed their VE Day celebrations thanks to the efforts of local volunteers.
Council staff contacted all local care homes to ensure that residents and staff who wanted to could join the nation in a VE Day celebration on Friday 8 May. The Council’s local services staff then set about purchasing the free party food and drink and teamed up with a range of volunteers to help deliver it all in good time for the big day. You can see Ian Childs (top right), Pete Spacagna (bottom left) and Sally Lloyds (bottom right) all doing their bit to deliver the food and drink.
The initiative which was funded and coordinated by the Council and supported by the wonderful volunteers and staff of Eastleigh Community Aid, One Community and Chandlers Ford Help proved a huge success.
For example a spokesperson for Brookdale House in Chandlers Ford Ford “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your kind donation to Brookdale House. The residents and staff want to send their thanks and love.” And a spokesperson from Netley Waterside House said, "I just wanted to pass on a massive thank you from everyone here at revitalise, staff and guests, for the donation, we are really grateful. It is also one of our guest’s birthdays today and she was completely made up with the VE decorations, and cakes you provided. Please can you pass our thanks on to everyone involved."
Council Leader Keith House said, “Everyone enjoyed the day and it was a great community effort by our staff, local volunteers and voluntary organisations to help many of our more vulnerable residents together with their and staff in our care homes to join in the national VE Day celebrations.”