November 18th 2016

504 Squadron Brings Remembrance to Golden Generation

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504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron visited a care home in Grantham

Royal Air Force reservists from 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron brought nostalgia and Remembrance to the residents of Newton House Care Home in Grantham on Monday 14 November.


Leading Aircraftwoman Suzanne Dunks is a part time reservist chef with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force unit based at RAF Wittering. When out of uniform, Suzanne is catering manager at the Newton House care home in Grantham.

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Elderly people are often unable to travel to Remembrance services and parades and yet this very generation has personal experience of the war years.

Caring Suzanne bridged the two sides of her working life and brought members of 504 Squadron to meet the residents of Newton House for a nostalgic look at how Armistice Day was commemorated.

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Showing no fatigue after their successful parade in Oakham on Sunday, 504 Squadron worked with Activities Co-ordinator Margaret Kerr to organise a fun, informative and thoughtful afternoon in which the residents could meaningfully participate.

Whilst the staff put on period costume and encouraged residents to dress for the occasion, 504 Squadron gave a special presentation for their hosts. Chaplain David Haslam led the prayers, encouraging the residents to focus their thoughts by placing a poppy in a specially made grid.

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Squadron Leader Andy Ham is Officer Commanding 504 Squadron, he said:

We’ve achieved that at Newton House and judging by the reaction from the residents, they felt the same way.”

Squadron Leader Ham continued: “LAC Dunks has done a great job in allowing her employers to see the military side of her working life, it’s been valuable for them and given us a real insight into Suzanne’s civilian job and the skills she has.”

“Occasionally you need something more personal than a parade, something that allows meaningful interaction and can brighten somebody’s day. "