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Palace thanks home for birthday greetings


By Richard Yetman


Residents at Red House care home in Stamford get a letter from the Queen
Residents at Red House care home in Stamford get a letter from the Queen

Residents at a Stamford nursing home were thrilled to receive a letter from Buckingham Palace thanking them for joining in the Queen’s birthday celebrations.

More than 20 residents at the Red House in Emlyn’s Street created individual birthday cards to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday on April 21.

They were all sent to Her Majesty in time for the big day and a few weeks later a reply came back from a lady in waiting, saying Her Majesty was touched by the residents’ warm wishes.

Staff and residents were so delighted to receive the letter, they plan to display it in a frame in the main lounge.

Residents at Red House care home in Stamford get a letter from the Queen
Residents at Red House care home in Stamford get a letter from the Queen

Red House activity co-ordinator Lisa Herbert helped the residents create the cards.

She said: “Our residents have been very interested in the Royal events this year, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so we thought it would be a nice idea to send birthday wishes to the Queen.

“Our oldest resident May Coleman is 96 and several others are of a similar age to the Queen, so they have a lot of affection for her.

“And of course several served Her Majesty in the armed forces.

“The cards were decorated with stickers and every one was unique. They were really good. One featured a pair of gloves decorated with lace.”

Lisa said the residents spent three hours making the cards and really enjoyed the project. She said: “We were overwhelmed when the letter arrived from the palace. It was quite emotional.”

l Lisa and colleague Rebecca Savell will have a stall with tombola and pick-a-bottle game at Stamford Festival parade on June 23. Proceeds will go to the residents’ fund.



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