The Forgiveness Project was delighted to contribute to the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight which launched at Marlborough Court care home in Thamesmead on 6th October 2014. Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight is a new initiative between care homes and schools to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and our role was to provide materials for schools which presented and examined concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Built on munitions land from Woolwich Arsenal, which still exists three miles away, Marlborough Court held the beacon lighting ceremony where local schoolchildren jointly lit torches alongside residents at the home. Local MP Teresa Pearce and Care England’s Professor Martin Green were also present, plus teachers and pupils from the local school, Bexley Business Academy, who read moving poems about forgiveness.
MP Teresa Pearce said: “I was delighted to work on this important project which focuses on remembrance and reconciliation. Forgiveness is so important – if you carry hatred then it weighs you down, and I believe all the guests at this inaugural Flame of Forgiveness event took that away as a strong message.”
We are thrilled that so many organisations are taking part in the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight. Building on this work, HC One are extending the initiative to run until Remembrance Sunday on 11 November. They are not only encouraging their care homes to team up with local schools and light a beacon, but have also a list of suggestions for care home including creating a forgiveness tree, planting poppy seeds and arranging a commemoration day. To read more about their fantastic work you can read their newsletter here.