Poole care home celebrates 100 years of the Royal British Legion poppy

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A care home in Poole celebrated the 100th birthday of The Royal British Legion poppy with a very special event.

Care UK’s The Potteries, on York Road, hosted its own ’poppy party’ to mark the Battle of Britain and celebrate 100 years of the The Royal British Legion poppy. 


The home was adorned with Union Jack flags and bunting, with residents making their own poppy flowers with Lifestyle Lead, Dionne Polychronopulos, before singing along to Vera Lynn and the National Anthem.

To celebrate the centenary milestone, residents also enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea, which included a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and scones and jam, thoughtfully prepared by the homes Head Chef, Daniel Hartnell. Residents were also given the opportunity to share their memories of living through World War Two and working in the armed forces. 

Accompanying their afternoon tea, residents enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment with a ‘guess the weight’ competition for a lemon poppy seed cake – with Greg Miedzwiecki, the home’s Head Housekeeper, guessing the exact amount at 4kg. As the day continued, giggles were had with a guess the baby photo competition.

Taking the festivities outside, The Potteries team hosted a bake sale with members from Broadstone British Legion helping to sell a selection of freshly prepared sweet treats to the local community. At the end of the day, a total of £135 was raised, with all funds going to The Royal British Legion.

Founded in 1921, The Royal British Legion helps provide recovery and rehabilitation support to currently serving and ex-service personnel who may be experiencing personal challenges. This includes financial, social, and emotional support, and is available to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families, and dependants. 

Zita Turner, Home Manager at The Potteries, said: “We had a wonderful time hosting our poppy party. The Royal British Legion is a national institution, and we were delighted to have raised such a huge amount to support its members. We are all forever indebted to those who serve in the forces."


It was great to hear the heart-warming stories from residents – events like these are a wonderful way to encourage reminiscence, which can be really beneficial for older people, especially those living with dementia.

Zita TurnerHome Manager

The Potteries 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, in addition to the Namaste room, the care home also boasts its very own cinema and hair salon. There is also plenty of space, both indoors and out, for relaxation and recreation. The home has a comprehensive activity programme, offering a mix of themed events and group activities.

For more information about The Potteries, please call Customer Relations Manager, Caroline Hearne, at caroline.hearne@careuk.com or call on 01202 069 835.

For more general information, please visit: careuk.com/the-potteries.

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187 York Road, Broadstone - Poole, Dorset, BH18 8ES

The Potteries

The Potteries

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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