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Keeping Spirits Up


Huge thanks to Ingrid Murray and Brighton Rainbow Corus Scrub Hub who have provided us with PPE.


We would like to give massive thanks to Jason Roberts and all at Brighton PPE Mutual Aid Group (Sussex). They have been donating PPE to us weekly, and even got us featured on BBC South East on Friday evening! Thank you for everything that you are doing. Visit our Facebook page to see the news report.


VE Day was very special this year, as we received a Spitfire flypast. Residents and staff gathered outside the building, whilst social distancing, to watch the magnificent sight.

Thanks to another kind donation from UK Harvest, we were treated to some more delicious meals, courtesy of The Ivy, Brighton and Bills Restaurant.


Our amazing team are keeping smiles on their faces whilst working hard to keep our residents safe and healthy. The kitchen staff received a kind donation from UK Harvest Farms, organised by our Trustee, David. They made these delicious looking raspberry panna cottas and some raspberry brownies!


Over the last few weeks we have all witnessed staff and colleagues throughout Care for Veterans being under tremendous pressure.

Staff have been working hard around the clock to make sure that our residents are looked after in the same caring way we strive for, and we are immensely grateful for that. Care for Veterans staff go above and beyond to do the right things by our residents; we could not be more proud.

This really has been a tough time for everyone. The residents cannot receive visits from their family or friends (except for those on end of life care), so staff have been doing all they can to keep spirits up.

The Occupational Therapy team have been running a daily exercise class for residents. They play music, the residents sit in the doorway of their rooms and the carers stand in each corner of the corridors. Everyone really enjoys it and it brings a smile to everyone involved.

The mother of one of our Healthcare Assistants (HCA) made a cake for the team on our Alexandra Wing as a thank you for all of their hard work.

Acts of kindness are invaluable at times like these. The grandchildren of HCA, Tracey, on Alexandra Wing, created these wonderful pebble paintings for the residents to help keep them smiling.

Our kitchen and support staff are also working hard to maintain our residents’ health and wellbeing during this difficult time, whilst smiling the whole time.

HCA, Micky, on our Norfolk Wing, shared a moving story with us. She said, “We have a gentleman with us at the moment, in his 50s, on end of life care. His Mum came to visit the other day, maybe to say goodbye, you never know. She had one person escort her in and the door was shut behind her. Just one example of how things are. At the moment, we [the healthcare staff] are the residents’ family because they cannot have visitors, and this is going on all over the world.”

We would like to give sincere thanks to every single one of our doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, therapists, support and maintenance staff – those on the front line, providing all the necessary and vital services to keep our veterans safe and healthy. Many thanks also to all of the management, fundraisers, reception and admin staff behind the scenes, who have adapted their working processes in order to keep Care for Veterans running as smoothly as possible.

The veterans and staff at Care for Veterans wish all our supporters, and everyone everywhere, the very best during these unprecedented times. Please stay safe and healthy.


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