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Horndean residents honour national hero

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A Horndean care home got creative as part of a national initiative to honour Sir Captain Tom Moore.  

Residents at Care UK’s Pear Tree Court, on Portsmouth Road, got involved in the ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge by creating 100 forget-me-nots.

Horndean residents honour national heroThe ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge was created by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s family as a way to inspire others to follow in his footsteps and let themselves be inspired by the number 100. The flowers, made of paper, were all hand-crafted by residents as a nod to the 100 laps Sir Tom Moore completed around his garden that raised millions for the NHS.

Ruth Swainsbury, a resident at Pear Tree Court, commented: “What a hero – Captain Sir Tom Moore is an inspiration to us all. We all enjoyed making the ‘forget-me-nots’ for him and the fact that he was 100 is amazing.”

In addition to the ‘forget-me-nots’, Pear Tree Court will also be donating 100 cookies specially made by the home’s chef to the Queen Alexandra Hospital’s NHS team to thank them for their hard work.

Niki Richards, Home Manager at Pear Tree Court, said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was a beacon of light at the height of the pandemic this time last year. His 100 laps around his garden to raise funds for the NHS inspired the entire nation and gave us hope through challenging times.

“We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing earlier this year, so when his family created the ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge in his memory, we knew we had to get involved. We have really creative residents here at Pear Tree Court, so making 100 forget-me-nots felt like a fitting tribute.

“We love seeing the flowers in display in the garden – it’s a reminder to us all to stay positive no matter what.”

Pear Tree Court is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.  Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema and hair salon, and there is plenty of space both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation.

If you would like more information about Pear Tree Court, please email Customer Relations Managers, Emily Forbes on and Debora Fitton on or call 02392 986773

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Portsmouth Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 9LN

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