Devizes Residents sign online condolence book for the QueenIt has been a sad week all over the nation, including Colleagues and Residents at HC-One’s Market Lavington care home, in Wiltshire, due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, so they have been expressing their commiserations via an online condolence book. 

Many people at the home met the Queen throughout their lives, some more than once, plus of course, some of Residents have lived through several different monarchs! Audrey Sincock, who has just celebrated her 100th birthday, has been alive during the reign of King George, King Edward, Queen Elizabeth and now King Charles III!

One way that Residents are able to register their commiserations is via the online condolences book that is available on the official Royal Family website. On 17th September, Riaz Ali, Wellbeing Coordinator, took around the home’s tablet and Residents shared their thoughts and memories of the Queen. 

The website states ‘A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity’ which Residents found thoughtful and touching.

Some of the messages sent today from Residents at Market Lavington, are as  follows:

Gwendoline Bullock, said:
“I’m 97 and I grew up with the Queen as there’s only nine months between us, though I’ve never met her. As young girls I would have loved to wear the same dresses and coats as her! May she rest in peace. Long live the King!”

Gordon Grist, wrote:
“I am sad that she passed away and I send my best wishes to all of her family.”

Stanley Thompson’s message read:
“The Queen will be sorely missed, she was such a wonderful person, setting a good example for the rest of us. The world would be a better place if there were more people like her.”

Angela Wakely, said:
 “More than once I saw the Queen at Badminton horse trials in the 1960s and 1970s and I’ve always admired The Royal Family. I was very sorry when she passed and I send my best wishes to her family. I am sure Charles will continue her wonderful work.” 

Christina Bygott said:
“A lady after my own heart as she loved her horses and dogs. I wish her well in her journey to heaven.”

Everyone was pleased that they were able to express their sorrow at the passing of a person who had a significant impact on their lives.

Riaz added, 
“It has been so rewarding in finding different outlets for Residents to express their sorrow and grief, during this hugely significant and deeply sad historical event.”