This week has been a busy news week. Today we will be looking at the 93-year-old gran that is learning to fly. As well as the veterans and World Leaders that gathered in France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
75th Anniversary of D-Day
Thursday 6th June 2019, marked 75 years since 156,000 Allied troops, including the British, US and Canadian forces, landed on Normandy’s beaches. This week hundreds of veterans, along with world leaders gathered in France to honour those that died in the D-Day landings. Ceremonies took place across two days, where wreaths were laid, and a minute silence was held. During this time, the veterans linked arms and sang. Shortly after a RAF flypast took place to commemorate the occasion.
93-year-old grandmother takes to the sky
Mollie Macartney, the 93-year-old gran has decided to take to the sky! Mollies passion for planes began during her wartime service, she admired the women flying the planes from the factories to the front line. Flying is something that Mollie has been doing on major birthdays since she was 70-years-old, just one of her many hobbies alongside horse riding! Mollie enjoys an active life and loves adventures. This time was very special, as her 12-year-old granddaughter Matilda joined her on this occasion. Mollie quoted ‘ordinary flying is very boring, I hate it – but this, you see so much!’ Mollie hopes to pass her love for adventure on to her granddaughter. Mollies granddaughter Matilda quoted ‘When I’m older, I hope I am like grandma and I still ride and fly planes.’
Leicestershire Care home bake offs
The bake off is a very popular show with people of all ages, up and down the country. Now a project ‘Baking A Difference’ is being rolled out across Leicestershire, to help combat isolation and loneliness among care home residents. The project is a collaboration between Planet Leicester Baker and the charity Learning for the Fourth Age. The project involves using bread-making sessions to help stimulate memories and conversations. It is suggested to also aid muscle memory, and help build up muscle and strength that was previously used, but has since been lost. One care home resident commented ‘I love it when those ladies come, it’s a breath of fresh air.’