Northfleet care home residents visit Battle of Britain Memorial

The residents at the memorial
The residents at the memorial

Residents of Dene Holm Residential Home in Northfleet spent a poignant afternoon visiting the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne.


Accompanied by staff of the home, the residents visited the poignant site on the famous white cliffs between Dover and Folkestone, which is dedicated to Churchill’s famous ‘few’ who fought in the skies overhead to keep the country free from invasion.


The residents and staff spent time observing the memorial and reflecting upon the bravery of the aircrew, fewer than 3000 men, who flew, fought and sometimes died in probably one of the most crucial battles fought by this country in the entire 20th century.


As well as viewing the memorial wall, listing the names of all those who took part in the Battle of Britain, the residents also enjoyed viewing the replica Spitfire and Hurricane, which stand nearby as a reminder of the iconic machines they flew to victory.


The residents all agreed the memorial was a fascinating and touching tribute to see, they said, “The memorial is excellently done, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day out.”


Christine Hutchinson, home manager of Dene Holm said: “We believe it’s important to offer our residents a variety of activities and days out, whenever possible. In the past few weeks they have taken trips to model railway exhibitions and wartime weekends and enjoyed a Halloween party and Remembrance Day event.”


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