Care home salutes WW1 with memorial statue

A Bupa care home in Lanarkshire has paid a poignant tribute to the anniversary of the start of World War 1 with the construction of a unique war memorial statue in its grounds.
 
The memorial was erected in Bupa’s Hatton Lea Care Home, in Bellshill, after a former resident who had been a George Medal ex-serviceman, was unable to attend the town’s annual war memorial parade due to ill health.

The statue – created and designed in Wales – was built after £4000 was raised by staff, residents and local community members in a fundraising campaign lead by John Grant, a house manager at the home.

The bronze statue of a Scottish soldier now allows residents to commemorate various war memorial events without having to travel far from the home.

Many of the home’s residents joined locals, politicians, former soldiers and community council members for a commemorative parade that travelled from the Bellshill War Memorial to the new memorial.
 
June Sugden, home manager said: “It was a fantastic day and the turnout was stellar – both from the home and the local community.

“We are delighted that our memorial has played such an important part in the town’s commemoration of the anniversary of the start of WW1. The memorial has become a strong focal point in the home.”

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