The staff at Mill View decided to team up to re-decorate one of their corridors to mark Remembrance Day.
Find out more from Gareth Griffiths our administrator at our Mill View Care Home in Pentre, Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Where did this idea come from?
A few of the staff were keen to improve the look of our top floor corridor and we wanted the residents to be involved so we asked them to help decide on a theme. Two of the gentlemen who live on the top floor came up with the poppy and war idea as they had both served in the forces.
Who was involved with this project?
The people who helped with the decoration and ideas are staff members, myself, Gavin (maintenance), Denise (nurse), Andreea (deputy manager), Tom (maintenance). We had also received a homemade poppy wreath from my 7 year old niece as she also wanted to help.
Staff, friends, residents and their families put on fundraising events like fancy dress walks, bake sales, walking up Snowdonia which helped us to decorate the corridor and of course people giving up their time to make it a success.
How long did it take to complete?
From start to finish the corridor it took about 4 weeks to complete, as we could only work on it during certain times in the day and most of the work was also done voluntarily by the staff.
Sadly since we started the project one of the gentlemen who came up with the theme and served in the war has passed away and we are so we will be looking to add something to corridor to remember him.
Where did you find the framed pictures?
The older photo of the grouped men is a copy of the original of the Porth Welsh Guards and the ration book is an original from Essex. The pictures of the planes are photos our past nurse Denise took at an air show she went to. All the photo frames were made by myself and my dad.
On Remembrance Sunday, we are having a tea party with old war movies and a sing-along which is being organised by Amy our activities coordinator.
We are working on other rooms in Mill View and the country farmhouse rustic themed dining room will be completed in a few weeks and then we will be turning the top floor lounge in to a pub theme. Ultimately we want the home to be a place where people can make memories and remember the past.