NEWS: Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight, 6 – 19 October 2015

We are delighted to announce that The Forgiveness Project is again supporting the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight, Tuesday 6th – Monday 19th October 2015.

All care homes, schools and local communities are invited to join in and get together across the generations to discuss aspects of WW1, subsequent wars and the possibilities and limits of forgiveness.

The concept was developed by Four Seasons Healthcare Marlborough Court Care Home Manager, Maggie Candy, after realising that school children in the Thamesmead area did not know their local history. The home is built on munitions grounds from nearby Woolwich Arsenal, a historical weapons site. Many of the residents within this Four Seasons Healthcare home had family members who worked there during war time. The initiative was begun last year and will continue until the commemoration of the end of WW1 in 2018.

Care England, The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) are encouraging care homes across the country to become involved in local community projects like this that promote care home residents’ wellbeing.

This year’s “Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight” launch event will be held at Marlborough Court Care Home, Thamesmead on Tuesday 6th October at 7pm. Guests attending, include Teresa Pearce, (Erith and Thamesmead MP) Professor Martin Green OBE, (CEO, Care England) Tim Mungeam, (CEO, “The Forgiveness Project”) and Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care, (Care Quality Commission).

A wide range of people from across the community will also participate, including Bexleyheath Business Academy students, other local schools, as well as care home residents, staff, relatives and members of the public. Teresa Pearce MP will host the event, as Students will read poetry, play music and give their thoughts on forgiveness, with a simple torch beacon being symbolically lit jointly by the oldest care home resident and one of the school children, in the care home garden, overlooking the River Thames.

Care England will provide a page on their website for a limited number of photographs of beacon lightings, which can be submitted for uploading after the event by emailing them to lpurvis@careengland.org.uk

The Twitter handle is @WorldWar1FOF and everyone is encouraged to use social media to promote their involvement and please use the hashtag #FoFF when tweeting.

For further enquiries about the FSHC Marlborough Court event on 6th October, please contact Maggie Candy at Marlborough.court@fshc.co.uk

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