Care home residents raise the flag for the air force

A Moray care home had a special request to the Royal Air Force answered when a contingent from Lossiemouth helped to formally christen their new flag pole.

The RAF Lossiemouth group joined residents at Anderson’s Care Home in Elgin to re-raise the union flag on a newly refurbished pole.

Anderson’s has always enjoyed close links with the Moray base and in particular with the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess. The recent ceremony also provided an ideal opportunity for the RAF personnel to present a cheque for £1236.45 which had been raised through a series of sponsored events.

Following the short ceremony the Royal Air Force personnel were invited to take tea with the residents and this provided a chance to meet some of the residents and staff.

Flying Officer Robin Armstrong, the Officer in charge of the RAF Lossiemouth contingent, said: “RAF Lossiemouth is pleased to support such a worthwhile local organisation.

“The links between the Station and Anderson’s can be traced back many years and today’s event helps to ensure that this relationship will continue for many years to come”.

Dr David Evans, Chairman of the board of Governors of Anderson’s and ex-RAF added: “On behalf of the Governors and residents of Anderson’s, we would like to say how grateful we are to our friends at RAF Lossiemouth for supporting us in this flag raising ceremony.”

Anderson’s Care Home is a voluntary sector care home for older people in Elgin.

This year it celebrates it’s ‘commemoration year’ after it’s founder General Andrew executed a Deed of Trust in 1815 for £70,000 in order to ‘build and endow an Institution in Elgin to provide a home for 50 children where they would be educated sufficiently to enable them to earn a living’.

The Institution was also to give a home to 10 aged persons which became the origin of the present care home.

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