NEWS: Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight: 6 – 19 October 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, The Forgiveness Project is honoured to be part of the Flame of Forgiveness project, working with Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, Care England and Four Seasons Health Care.

This intergenerational project aims to build links between care homes, local schools and the wider community, allowing everyone to benefit from the sharing of collective knowledge and experience. We also hope this will be an opportunity to learn about local history and the impact large-scale conflict can have on smaller communities.

The fortnight will be a time for reflection and thought on the theme of forgiveness, exploring what it means for individuals and communities, especially with regards to history. Does forgiveness mean discarding history, or must one learn from history in order to forgive?

The project will run from 6 -19 October, with care homes encouraged to hold a beacon lighting or similar occasion at their home at any time during this period. The first flame lighting will be at Marlborough Court Care Home, Thamesmead with Teresa Pearce MP on Monday 6th October, partnering with pupils from Bexleyheath Business Academy and other guests.

As well as a beacon lighting ceremony, care homes are encouraged to create their own events based around the idea of forgiveness, engaging fully with their local community and schools.

The Forgiveness Project have provided a schools resource pack, suggesting possible activities that can be done with local schools, which can be found here.

Care England are helping to promote the event and further information can be found on their website: http://www.careengland.org.uk/flame-forgiveness-fortnight.

Updates on the project will be on twitter: @WorldWar1FOF.

For further information on the project, please contact Maggie Candy at marlborough.court.m@fshc.co.uk.

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