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CareCo Supports Spirit of Normandy D-Day Veterans with a Fleet of Wheelchairs

June 05, 2024 -
CareCo and Spirit of Normandy

CareCo veteran receiving a wheelchair from CareCoThis week, CareCo joined veterans at Southwick House in Portsmouth to attend an event hosted by the Spirit of Normandy Trust to celebrate the D-Day Normandy landings, which took place on 6th June, 1944. This year marks the 80th anniversary.

The Spirit of Normandy Trust contacted us earlier in the year seeking assistance, as several of their veterans wanted to travel over to Normandy for the D-Day celebrations, but required mobility assistance. As a thank you to our war heroes we gifted 6 Optima Self-Propelled Wheelchairs, which seemed the perfect choice for veterans who are defiantly independent, but sometimes need a helping hand too. 

The event was a true celebration of WW2 with entertainment from The D-Day Darlings, who sang many classic war songs while some veterans had the opportunity to a dance.

Presiding over the event was Henry Montgomery, 3rd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, the grandson of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, commander of ground forces in the Battle of Normandy.

We were inspired by the courage and humility of the veterans who were present. None of them consider themselves heroes, they all just say that they did what had to be done to defend our country and turn the tide of the war.

But what they went through on the beaches of Normandy, the challenges the overcame, and the eventual victory, mark the Normandy Invasion as one of the most pivotal battles of the Second World War, which saw troops from United States, Canada, and other Allied nations all supporting the Operation Overlord, leading to an allied victory in Western Europe. 

The veterans sailed out of Portsmouth on Tuesday morning to attend the D-Day events in Normandy, which starts with a tribute to the fallen at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Bayeux War Cemetery on the evening of 5th June, before the main celebration tomorrow, on D-Day.

Royal Navy Commander Glenn Higson, D-Day veteran Jim Grant and Royal Navy Commodore John Voyce

Follow D-Day events:

D-Day veterans gather in Portsmouth as 80th anniversary events begin - GOV.UK

BBC News website - D-Day 80

Jon Wade
Jon Wade

Jon has been working at CareCo since 2019. He uses his extensive product knowledge to provide insights and advice on the best mobility aids for every occasion.

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