Sunderland care home hosts 1940’s themed street party to raise money for Help for Heroes


The staff and residents of a High Barnes nursing home took a step back in time as they held a 1940s-style street party in aid of charity group Help for Heroes.

The nostalgic event, which took place at Barnes Court Care Home, was held to remember the soldiers of the past, whilst raising money to support members of todays British Armed Forces.

The home was awash with red, white and blue, with bunting, balloons, flags and war-time themed posters on display. Ladies at Barnes Court had their hair styled with victory rolls and headscarves and staff donned wartime and military-themed fancy dress while residents wore themed accessories.

The street party included some popular foods from the period, such as scones made using a ration-time recipe, spam, rabbit, tripe and tongue, which some of the party-goers were brave enough to try and some even enjoyed. Tea and cakes were served from vintage china tea sets and cake stands, with songs from the war years providing the entertainment.

The party was held in the same month as the 73rd anniversary of D-Day on 6th June, and Armed Forces day on Saturday 24th June.

Barnes Court Care Home provides nursing, residential and dementia care for the elderly and specialist supported care for young adults.

The home raised £55 on the day, with staff members at the home also doing a sponsored hike up Mount Snowdon in aid of Help for Heroes. Home Manager Mandy Mackley said: “We had a fantastic time at our 40’s street party and it was lovely to see everyone get into the spirit of the day.”

Help for Heroes supports Serving and Reservist Personnel and Veterans who have suffered injuries or illness as a result of their service to the Nation. The Charity also helps their close family and dependents.


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