An intergenerational project, schools and the wider community will join the care home in discussing aspects of WWI, subsequent wars and the possibilities and limits of forgiveness.
Regional Manager, Donna Johnson said: “I’m really excited Marlborough Court is taking part in the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight again after last year’s success. The event is not only enjoyed by our residents but community projects like this are really important to help improve people’s understanding of what care homes are like and what they actually do, as well as improving knowledge of the local area.”
The first “Flame of Forgiveness” event was held last year at Marlborough Court as the home is built on munitions grounds from nearby Woolwich Arsenal, a historical weapons site. Many of the residents at the home had family members who worked there during the war.
Local MP Teresa Pearce will host the event and a wide range of people from across the community will participate, including Bexleyheath Business Academy students, other schools, as well as care home residents, staff, relatives and members of the public.
The event was developed with the Forgiveness Project after it was realised school children in the Thamesmead area did not know their local history. Students will read poetry and play music, while a torch beacon will be lit jointly by the oldest care home resident and one of the school children in the garden, which overlooks the Thames.