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A final salute to Richmond's Royal Star and Garter residents
Disabled ex-servicemen and women waved goodbye to the Royal Star and Garter this month, when they moved to new accommodation.
Residents as old as 107 took part in the major move which saw occupants at the home relocate to their new home in Surbiton for 63 people.
Some of the occupants had lived in the Richmond Hill home for more than 30 years.
Pauline Shaw, director of care and service development at the Royal Star and Garter Homes, led the team planning the move.
She said: “Moving house can be a stressful event for people and we recognised that leaving our Richmond home would be an emotional and nostalgic time.
“We placed residents and their care at the heart of our decisions – and we are delighted to report that they are now settling into their new home and environment very well.”
The Grade II listed building was sold in April to property developers London Square in a £50m deal which will see it transformed into residential homes.
The home in Richmond looks out onto the only view protected by an act of Parliament.
Residents were allowed to choose one of six colours for their own rooms in the new Surbiton home.
Chief executive of Royal Star and Garter Homes Mike Barter welcomed the residents to the Surbiton home.
He said: “We look forward to making them comfortable here and supporting them in living life to the full.”
Designed by Sir Edwin Cooper and overlooking Richmond Park and the Thames, the Royal Star and Garter’s Richmond home was established in 1916 under the auspices of Queen Mary to treat ex-servicemen returning from the First World War.
The charity, which has operated from its Richmond Hill home for more than 95 years, provides 24-hour nursing, respite and specialist dementia care to its 60 residents.
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