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D-Day 80: Veterans offered free lunch at Royal Star & Garter

| June 3, 2024

People attending Lunch Club will be able to enjoy the same delicious meals as Royal Star & Garter residents. (Image supplied by Royal Star & Garter)

A care home in High Wycombe is marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day by offering free lunches to veterans and their partners living in the community.

Royal Star & Garter is offering up to three free meals per person through its popular Lunch Club service, which will run from its Home in Hughenden Avenue, High Wycombe between June and August 2024.

The charity chose to launch the offer in June to tie-in with the 80th anniversary of D-Day (6 June), and Armed Forces Day (29 June).

Lunch Club launched at Royal Star & Garter in 2023, to help tackle loneliness and isolation in the Armed Forces community, it is open to veterans and partners of veterans living with disability or early stage dementia.

The sessions consist of a two-hour visit with a two or three-course meal, conversation and support from staff, and usually cost £10. But new users can now enjoy three Lunch Clubs over the three-month period, free of charge.

Booking in advance is required, but there is no obligation to continue using the service later. Further details and the terms and conditions can be found on the charity’s website at https://starandgarter.org/our-lunch-clubs/high-wycombe/.

Royal Star & Garter is a charity which provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. Lunch Club is one of several new services it has recently launched aiming to reach out into the local community.

Free Lunch Club sessions will take place at Royal Star & Garter in High Wycombe from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on :

  • Thursday 6th June 2024 (D-Day)
  • Thursday 20th June 2024
  • Thursday 4th July 2024
  • Thursday 18th July 2024
  • Thursday 1st August 2024
  • Thursday 15th August 2024

People attending should able to arrange their own transport to and from the Homes. A companion can also enjoy one free Lunch Club session to help their loved one settle in. Places are subject to availability.

Shirley Hall, Director of Care & Wellbeing at Royal Star & Garter, said: ‘June is a special month for veterans, with the 80th anniversary of D-Day and Armed Forces Day. Lunch Club has been a really popular addition to our Home since it launched last year, and we’ve seen camaraderie and friendships develop and grow among people using the service. But we want to reach out to and support more people, and I hope this fantastic offer will help to achieve this.

Further information about Lunch Club at High Wycombe is available on the Royal Star & Garter website at https://starandgarter.org/our-lunch-clubs/high-wycombe/ or by calling the High Wycombe Home on 01494 927 555.

Royal Star & Garter in High Wycombe is welcoming new residents. For more information on this, the new services it is offering, or to work at the Home, go to www.starandgarter.org/hw.

*Source of information : Press release from Royal Star & Garter.

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