The Royal Hospital Chelsea is taking part in Care Home Open Day for the third year running. Today, the hospital will be participating in the open day by holding a garden party which will be attended by the new Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea Cllr Robert Freeman and MP for Chelsea and Fulham the Right Honourable Greg Hands.
Care Home Open Day is a nationwide initiative that encourages care homes to open their doors for the day and connect members of the community across the generations. The Royal Hospital Chelsea has its own state of the art care home known as the MTI, opened in 2009 by HRH the Prince of Wales.
Taking the themes of the arts & valuing staff - infirmary staff members, volunteers and resident Chelsea Pensioners will host a number of stalls and activities showcasing their talents. Members of the public will be invited to try their hand at activities such as painting pottery items, flower arranging and cupcake-making to crafting homemade greetings cards. There will be outdoor games, light refreshments and live music, including a performance from the Infirmary Pensioner Choir.
Colonel Laura Bale, Matron at the Royal Hospital Chelsea said: “Here at the Royal Hospital we think it is very important that the MTI is part of the wider community. We are very lucky to have excellent staff and some wonderful volunteers that really make such a difference to pensioners’ lives.
“It is always a pleasure to showcase what we do to the wider public and I would encourage people to come along and get into the spirit of the garden party.”
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