THE ROYAL Star & Garter Homes, a charity which cares for disabled veterans, celebrated its Centenary with parties at its homes across the country – including Solihull.
A century ago, the Charity’s Richmond Home opened its doors to care for the injured troops returning from the battlefields of the First World War. The average age of those men was 22.
The Charity now offers specialist care to disabled veterans of the Second World War and beyond, whose average age is 88.
To mark this 100-year milestone, residents and staff at the Solihull Home celebrated Founders’ Day with a party, accompanied by military music from the Royal Signals Military Band.
Many residents were moved by the celebrations, reflecting on the Charity’s 100-year history:
Anthony ‘Bugs’ Bendell, an RAF veteran of the Cold War said: “I think this is an incredible organisation.
“The Royal Star & Garter Homes is specifically for people with a military background. It cannot be equalled. I’m delighted to celebrate the centenary.”
Ernie Prior, a WW2 Army veteran, added: “I am very proud to be in the Home, one of the best in the UK. We have loads of entertainment and we are all very well looked after. I’m lucky to witness the 100-year celebrations.”
Doreen Griffiths added: “It is wonderful to be able to share the Charity’s centenary with everyone.
“My husband was in the RAF and the military links that the Charity has are very important to me.”