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Loved ones remembered by The Royal Star & Garter Homes at Christmas

Around 100 people attended the service at St Alphege Church

The Starlight Service, which celebrates the lives of people linked to The Royal Star & Garter Homes, has taken place in Solihull.

Around 100 people attended the service at St Alphege Church, Church Hill Road, on Saturday, 8 December.

The event celebrated the lives of loved ones past and present connected to the Charity’s military family.

Among those attending were the family and friends of residents cared for at the Royal Star & Garter Homes who had passed away.

The service was open to the community and led by Stephen Linstead. It included readings and music from the St Alphege Choir.

A Christmas tree at the church was also adorned with dozens of stars, each bearing personal messages written by friends and family in memory of loved ones no longer with us.

Margaret Foreshew’s husband Desmond was cared for at the Home in Solihulland passed away in November. She said: “It was a beautiful service and emotional. I loved the fact you placed the name on the tree and prayed for them.”

Also present at the Starlight Service were current residents from the Solihull Home, their relatives, Charity volunteers and staff, including Director of Supporter Engagement Caley Eldred.

The Royal Star & Garter Homes cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia.

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