By Mandy Shearing
THERE were smiles all round recently as staff from HMS Collingwood visited their neighbours for a festive singalong with just a fortnight left until December 25.
Over recent years it has become something of a tradition for PTIs (Physical Training Instructors) from the establishment to visit the residents of neighbouring Tudor Lodge Nursing Home for a session of lively carols and festive songs.
Previously, Covid restrictions have sometimes forced their visit outdoors but this year, with masks and after negative tests and proof of vaccinations, they were able to sing with the residents in the Home’s large new wing. Not only that, but this year they were joined by trainees from the Base’s Victory Squadron who were also keen to get involved.
The visit was co-ordinated again this year by Dave Pepper, himself an ex-PTI, and staff at the Home who also printed out song sheets so the residents could join in the cheerful singalong.
Activities Co-ordinator Jannette Broxton has helped foster the special relationship between the Home and its naval neighbour for several years now and explained why visits like this one make such a difference. She said, “We would like to thank all those who attended this morning along with David Pepper. Our residents had a fabulous time; never underestimate the joy this type of thing brings to them.”
HMS Collingwood’s staff too were very pleased to be able to help the residents celebrate in this way. Training Officer 1 Lieutenant Leona Young RN accompanied the Victory Squadron trainees and said,
“It was a huge privilege to support the Carol Service at Tudor Lodge this morning, strengthening our Community Spirit especially in these uncertain times.”
PICTURED: Santa (aka Dave Pepper) joins the staff from HMS Collingwood as they entertain residents from Tudor Lodge Nursing Home