Service user Stephen, from our physical disabilities service Shinewater Court in Eastbourne, has been busy making red ceramic poppies in honour of Remembrance Day on Friday 11th November. The beautiful pieces were created during the services pottery and ceramics workshop held at Shinewater.

Stephen said: “I was in the Navy for over 30 years throughout the 60s, 70s & 80s. I was Captain on two ships: the Firbank and the Taybank.

"I then settled in Eastbourne where I had a family and worked as a cabinet make – I refurbished Brighton’s Grand Hotel after the IRA bombing in the 1980’s.

"For five years I also volunteered as a lifeboat man. I suffered a stroke in 2012 and have since lived at Shinewater Court.

"I remember my years with the Navy well so the poppy is an important symbol for me. I have sad memories; men who were my friends died. When we had a ceramics workshop here, I took the opportunity to make these poppies to sell and donate the money to The British Legion."

We think these poppies are a wonderful tribute, Stephen. Well done to you for all your work to raise money for such a noble cause and one that is clearly close to your heart.

We shall be wearing them when we go to the Remembrance Service at the Hampden Park War Memorial on Friday.

Shinewater Court support adults with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and disabilities resulting from accidents or a stroke. We are committed to ensuring that people have control over their lives and are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

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