Blandford soldiers visit nursing home

Soldiers from Blandord army camp are visiting Avon Cliff nursing home this afternoon, giving them a chance to share their experiences and learn from the retirees.

Soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals regiment will be visiting Avon Cliff nursing home today.

Twenty soldiers from the Blandford based regiment – including some female officers and Gurkhas – will be arriving at the nursing home at 1.30pm this afternoon.

When asked why they had chosen Avon Cliff, home manager Tracey Thompson said: “They just wanted to do something for the community but something a little bit different, but why they picked our particular home is a mystery, there are homes nearer the camp than ours.”

The soldiers will spend the day in the main lounge but there will also be organised room visits for those residents who can not leave their room. There will be a presentation given by the soldiers on their regiment and different types of uniforms will be displayed for residents to look at.

The visit will bring together soldiers young and old and will give young soldiers an insight into the experiences of elderly soldiers. Residents and soldiers will also keep in touch after today, further sharing advice and experiences.

Avon Cliff were informed of the exciting news six weeks ago and have prepared numerous tasty treats in preparation including a wonderful cake decorated with the Royal Corps of Signals emblem.

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