Visit a Veteran Breakfast Club launched at Lostock Lodge
Over 60 people attended the launch of the 'visit a veteran’ Breakfast Club Lostock Lodge Care Home on Friday 9th November at 10.30am. Susan Sellars Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire cut the ribbon and declared the breakfast club open. The event was attended by the Mayor of Northwich Cllr Alison Gerrard, veterans from the local Royal British Legion, local PCSOs from Northwich and many people from the local community.
“We are very proud of the hard work that everyone at Lostock Lodge has put into this event today.” said Alykhan Kachra, Managing Director at Country Court Care. “It’s wonderful to see so many people here at our home today and we hope that veterans living in the local community will come and visit our resident veterans on a regular basis”.
To mark the launch of the Breakfast Club a Remembrance Service was led by Marshall Hunter Chairman of Northwich Royal British Legion. Lostock Lodge resident’s choir sung ‘Abide with me’ accompanied by resident pianist Joyce Clare, resident Bill Banks led the readings and resident’s war time stories and memories were shared by members of the care team. The service was followed by a full English Breakfast and an opportunity to chat to residents and meet the staff team.
The Breakfast Club will be hosted by the care home on the last Friday of every month. It will be a great opportunity for veterans, both residents at Lostock Lodge, and those from the local area, to meet up, swap stories and enjoy a bacon butty. There will be no charge to attend the club and breakfast, with tea and coffee, will be provided.
The Breakfast Club is the brain child of Stephen Harrison who works at Lostock Lodge Care Home;
“After chatting with several residents, I found out that quite a few had seen military service and had some fascinating stories to tell” explained Stephen. “I thought it would be a great idea to set up a club where veterans could get together and share camaraderie and experiences from their time in the Forces.”
Stephen lives in Holmes Chapel and is a former Army sergeant, having served 10 years in Grenadier Guards including tours in Belize, Germany, Hong Kong & Northern Ireland. Any residents at Lostock Lodge with connections to the Armed Services (including the Land Army, TA or even the Merchant Navy) will be invited and will have the chance to mingle with those from local community groups such as Army Cadets.
Veterans charities SSAFA and the Royal British Legion have pledged their support and the care home hopes the breakfast club will become a regular event in the community.