WAVERLEY GRANGE care home in Farnham took part in the National Day of Reflection – a commemoration for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Care home staff and residents came together to plant a Salix integra willow tree in the gardens of Waverley Grange.

The trees serve as a visual reminder and place of remembrance that care home residents and staff can visit to reflect on those lost during the pandemic, while representing a renewed sense of hope for the future.

Alongside planting the tree, the care homes joined the nation in observing a one-minute silence, and also marked the day with remembrance services, poetry readings and tree-themed delicacies.

Resident David Matthews did a poetry reading of remembering.

The reading and service was followed by a session where residents enjoyed a cup of tea and tree-shaped biscuits, made by Waverley Grange’s chef Scott Smith.

Bupa Care Homes regional director Sarah Hedges said: “It has been a difficult couple of years and our home teams have worked hard to come together and provide support for our residents and each other.

“It’s important we continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all our residents and staff.”