Residents from the Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury had some very special guests visit today (Thursday), as a group of Chelsea Pensioners spent some time with them.
The pensioners, dressed in their famous red uniforms, visited the Gatehouse Road home to talk to the residents, join them for lunch and play a friendly skittles match against them.
Suzanne Cooper, activities co-ordinator at the home, said it was a pleasure to welcome the pensioners for the day.
She said: “It was an honour to have them come and visit us.
“It was wonderful to see them dressed up in their uniforms and I am sure the residents will have enjoyed talking to them and sharing memories with them.”
The event was particularly special for one resident at the home, 83-year-old Margaret Elding.
She said: “My father was a Chelsea Pensioner back in the 1960s so it was lovely to be able to share memories with them.
“My father loved being a Chelsea Pensioner – he was still part of the group when he passed away aged 69.”
One of the Chelsea Pensioners visiting the home was 82-year-old Audrey Merton, who served in the army for 22 years and who has been part of the group for two years.
She said: “The hospital treats us extremely well. They look after you and make sure you have three square meals a day.
“Everyone is treated the same regardless of their rank and I have had so many wonderful opportunities through being part of the group – I have even appeared at Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.”
The Chelsea Pensioners are based at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, a retirement and nursing home for members of the British Army.