Our veterans were busy meeting VIP guests and representing Broughton House at a series of events marking Remembrance Week and the World War One armistice centenary.
Their schedule began with a trip to the Imperial War Museum North in Trafford, accompanied by staff from two of our key supporters, Urban Vision and Capita.
This was followed by a visit to Broughton House by members of the BBC Philharmonic. Three musicians entertained residents and staff, and the concert featured on national and regional TV and radio.
The orchestra decided to perform at Broughton House because a number of elderly veterans would be unable to attend its Armistice Concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday, November 16.
Following the concert, a number of residents took up an invitation from Sale Sharks to attend the team’s home game against Saracens that evening.
First-team players Alan ‘AJ’ MacGinty and Curtis Langdon have since been to Broughton House to spend an afternoon with World War Two veteran George Simms.
The sporting theme continued when members of Manchester City’s academy squad visited Broughton House for activities and chats with our residents. The players’ experiences featured in the match-day programme for the City-United derby on Remembrance Day itself!
Also over Remembrance Weekend, Prestwich Golf Club held its annual charity ball and a number of Broughton House residents and staff were special guests.
George, 94, and Broughton House historian Owen Hammond attended a special remembrance service at King David Primary School in Manchester.
Residents and staff also attended Manchester Airport’s Festival of Remembrance and Tesco’s store in Failsworth.
A group from Broughton House was present at the city of Salford’s Remembrance Day service. A Remembrance Day service was also organised at Broughton House.
Rhys Edwards, fundraising and marketing manager at Broughton House, said: “Our residents are wonderful ambassadors for Broughton House and the British armed forces, and we are thrilled that they have been involved in so many events to mark Remembrance Week and the armistice centenary.
“We are incredibly proud of our residents and they rightly have a special place in the hearts of the people of Greater Manchester. Their stories of bravery and heroics are cherished by everyone they meet.”