Let there be light: Frome care home invites local community to honour D-Day

By Lauren Stephenson

28th May 2024 | Local News

A care home in Frome is opening its doors to the community to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

On Thursday 6th June, from 2.30pm, Care UK's Rossetti House, on Welshmill Lane, is holding its very own lamp lighting ceremony to remember the hundreds of thousands of brave people who took part in the largest naval, air and land operation in history.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6th June 1944, Care UK is partnering with royal pageant master Bruno Peek, CVO OBE OPR, coordinator of 'D-Day 80 Lamp Light of Peace'. Along with the three Forces Charities and the Merchant Navy Association, over 100 Care UK homes will take part in this nationwide tribute.

Guests will be able to join residents for a 1940s themed tea party and commemorative service.

Philip Vale, General Manager at Rossetti House, said: "Here at Rossetti House, we're thrilled to be marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day with the help of the community.

"Reminiscence activities are a great way for older people, especially those living with dementia, to connect with those around them and maintain a sense of identity. In the run-up to the day, residents have been sharing their own stories and it's been inspiring to hear everyone's experiences and memories from wartime Britain.

"On behalf of the whole team, I'd like to extend our welcome to anyone interested in coming along for what we anticipate will be an informative and enriching day."

To find out more about how Care UK is supporting the initiative, please visit: careuk.com/dday-80th-anniversary

Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, Rossetti House incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The building has been designed to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities and encourage social interaction among the residents. 


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