Oaklands’ special badge ceremony: Celebrating our residents

Posted on 25 September 2023

At Oaklands, we are so proud of our residents’ achievements, so we wanted nothing more than to be able to celebrate their remarkable service with a special badge ceremony!

Our wonderful staff worked very hard to create a memorable event that was worthy of our residents’ service history. The special ceremony began with a tea and coffee morning, where we were honoured that our residents and their families shared their incredible stories with us.

We loved hearing our inspiring 95 year old resident, Jean Gilroy, recount fond memories of joining the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) at the age of 17. Plus how our lovely resident, John Adams, now 91 years old, served with the Royal Navy for 25 years, starting out at the age of 18 and worked his way through the ranks to become a chief.

John said: “I travelled all across the globe with the Navy and I couldn’t be more proud of my time in service.” As he shared his adventures at sea, aboard five different ships including HMS Vanguard, the last Royal Navy Battleship.

Jean told us she met her future-husband, RAF member, James, during her service in Scotland. It was lovely to see Jean light up as she reminisced, especially when she recollected the post-war celebrations outside Buckingham Palace.

Our incredibly thoughtful Head of Maintenance, Dave, brought in his treasured military memorabilia and created a special display of photos from the residents’ years of dedicated service. He then presented special badges and certificates to those who had served their country.

John said: “The ceremony was a very emotional experience, with all those memories coming flooding back and I’m so grateful to the home for organising it.”

Jean said: “It was such a touching ceremony which took me back to all those cherished memories of my time in service. Having my family with me made it all the more special and I look back on my time with the WRAF with a lot of pride.”

Our Care Home Manager, Nicola Ray added: “It was an emotional occasion which saw tears of joy as families witnessed the recognition of their loved ones’ dedication.

As a home that values the lives and experiences of our residents, we are committed to providing a loving and nurturing environment for each resident’s unique journey.”

We are delighted our residents’ inspiring stories featured in Bdaily News. To read the full article, please click here.Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see our latest activities. To arrange a visit to our person-centred home, call 02380 845759 or email info@oaklandsresthome.co.uk