All year we have been intending to host a big event for VE Day as it was the 75th Anniversary. When coronavirus hit, we racked our brains for ideas on how we could do a socially distanced and safe observance of this very important day in history.
On Friday 8th May 2020, we held a socially distanced ‘street party’ in the corridors to observe the anniversary of VE Day. Residents helped us make and put up bunting up and down the corridors and during lunchtime, the residents put their tables in their doorways and sat out in the corridor outside their rooms. We played 1940’s wartime music from the nurses’ stations, and Alice treated the residents to a sing-along in the corridor too! A traditional fish and chips lunch was also served from the nurses’ station to create more of a communal feel. We held the two-minute silence at 11am and did the national toast at 3pm with some Bucks Fizz.
It wasn’t the huge social event that we had originally hoped for with everyone’s relatives and friends in attendance, but it was a great success considering the unusual circumstances!