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Let there be light

Let there be light – Woking care home invites local community to honour D-Day

A Woking care home is opening its doors to the community for a commemorative ceremony.

On Thursday 6th June, from 10am till 4:30pm, Care UK’s Kingsleigh, on Kingfield Road, is welcoming local people to honour the 80th anniversary of D-Day with its very own lamp lighting ceremony.

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.

At Kingsleigh, the team has been hard at work organising a special commemorative event which will see residents and guests enjoy a 1940s-themed party, with team members dressed in the decade’s attire.

Ex veterans from the local community will be in attendance, alongside a former Mayor of Woking, who will be reading extracts from a letter by a soldier who served at Normandy. Guests will also be treated to live music from local entertainer who will be singing popular wartime songs.

The lamp, which represents the peace that followed the end of World War Two, will be lit at 9:15pm by a member of the Royal British Legion.

Kelly Kelleher, Home Manager at Kingsleigh, said: “Here at Kingsleigh, we’re thrilled to be marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day with the help of the community – and especially delighted to be welcoming the Royal British Legion and local veterans for the occasion.

“Reminiscence activities are a great way for older people, and those living with dementia, to connect with those around them and help maintain a sense of identity. In the run up to the day, residents have been sharing their own stories and memories and it’s been fantastic to hear everyone’s experiences as we learn from one another.
6th June, Free.
Kingsleigh Care Home Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9EQ
Thu 6 June
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