Residents and care home in Stepney join forces for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee party

PUBLISHED: 08:52 06 June 2012

Care home residents, including Hazel Farrugia at the front, celebrate the Jubilee

Care home residents, including Hazel Farrugia at the front, celebrate the Jubilee


Nearby residents joined forces with a care home in Stepney to organise a garden party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Relatives of residents at Hawthorn Green Nursing Home in Redman’s Road also took part in the barbecue at the home’s back garden yesterday.

Some of the nursing home residents experienced the Queen’s Coronation but suffer from severe dementia. Among them were Hazel Farrugia, 70, who said: “It was good. The weather was similar.”

They were joined by residents from nearby Crissy House, a residential coop, and Wellington Court estate.

Chairman of Cressy House Management Ltd, Phil Fortey, said: “Some residents don’t even realise the care home is here and I think the staff here sometimes feel isolated from the community, so we thought it would be nice to join forces and organise a party.”

A couple, Jonno Cole and Emily Handley of Jamaica Street at Wellington Court, were put in charge of the traditional barbecue. But fellow residents Nurun Nessa and Sajeda Ahmed also brought along helal meat and sauces.

Ms Nessa said: “It’s a great opportunity to meet with wider community as well as the elderly. We’re all British so it’s nice to celebrate the Queen.”

Crissy House resident Kirsty Chestnutt, 38, originally from Australia, said: “I’m a republican but I’m here for the neighbourhood spirit. It’s nice to get to know people.”

An East End knees up were planned later in the day.

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