15th Sep, 2019

Christmas lights switched on at Solihull's Royal Star and Garter home

Sarah Mason 10th Dec, 2018

MULLED wine flowed and mince pies were muncheed when The Royal Star and Garter Home in Solihull switched on its Christmas lights.

A 15ft real tree was lit up in the reception area following a countdown led by Charlie Wilson, the home’s activities and volunteers manager.

An outdoor snowflake projector brought more Christmas cheer to the home which cares for ex-servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia.

The Monkspath Hall Road Home marked the special day with a visit from Bentley Heath Choir, who sung a medley of Yuletide classics, with residents often joining in.

As well as donating the 15ft tree, engineering company Arup also gave a further four trees and donated all tinsel, baubles and lights, as part of a £1,350 donation to mark its 50th year trading in the Midlands. Staff helped decorate the trees.

Business development coordinator at Arup, Naomi Forrester, said: “To mark the anniversary we wanted to give back time and funding to community projects.

“A lot of our engineers come from military backgrounds or are Reserves, so this was a charity we wanted to be involved with.

“The way they treat people here who have done so much for their country is amazing.

“This is not your ordinary care home.”

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