Raymond’s weekend with the Chelsea Pensioners

Raymond, who is supported in Stalybridge, went to London with Support Worker Alan Bishop to visit his Dad at the Royal Hospital Chelsea where Raymond’s Dad now lives. For over three hundred years, the Royal Hospital Chelsea has provided a welcoming home and a way of life for thousands of soldiers in their old age.

Raymond, accompanied by his Support Worker Alan, boarded the train from Manchester all set to spend some quality time with his Dad at the Royal Hospital Chelsea – Home for the Chelsea Pensioners

Raymond said: “I really enjoyed the train journey. When we arrived at London my Dad was at the train station to meet me and Alan. It was really nice to see my Dad and spend some time with him. Everyone at the hospital was very friendly. I’m looking forward to going back to see my dad in the New Year.”

Team Leader Julie Doherty said: “Alan is a great Support Worker and has given up his own time to spend with Raymond to organise the visit with his father. Alan worked hard to help him achieve a goal which Raymond has wanted to achieve for a long time. Raymond had a great time. He hadn’t seen his Dad for a while and this was the first time he had been to Chelsea Pensioners home. As a Team Leader I am proud of what they have both achieved.”

Alan added: “I really enjoyed my time with Raymond and his Dad in London. Raymond is proud of what his Dad did in the army. His Dad was in the Signals and assigned to the Gurkha regiment. Raymond also went to military school in Germany and has travelled around the world with his family. It was a pleasure to learn about the history of Raymond and his family.”

Raymond and his Dad

Raymond and his Dad