Sussexdown fondly remembers Dame Vera Lynn’s visits

18th June 2020

Sussexdown care home has been fondly remembering Dame Vera Lynn after the sad news of her passing.

Residents and staff at the Storrington-based residential, dementia and nursing home have been lucky enough to meet Dame Vera, on her numerous visits to the home.

As a former Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) home, Sussexdown has strong links with the armed forces community and hosted annual events in their grounds to commemorate ‘Dutch Day’ whose special guest often included Dame Vera.

The event was organised by the (RAFA) Amsterdam Branch to mark Operations Manna, which saw Allied forces dropping food to the Dutch people during WWII.

Residents and guests at the care home, which is owned by not-for-profit charity Care South, were often treated to flypasts and Dutch pilots would drop mini edam cheeses into the garden in tribute to Operations Manna. On many occasions Dame Vera joined Sussexdown residents whilst they watched the helicopter on the lawns of the care homes.

Felicity Irwin, Chairman of Care South, said: “It was a great honour and pleasure to meet with Dame Vera on her many visits to Dutch Day at Sussexdown.

“Her visit always brought much joy to the residents and staff and she will be remembered with great fondness for her wonderful smile and charming participation.  A true legend.”