A SYMBOL of unity in a time of crisis is taking root at a Rugby care home.
A tree-planting ceremony was held at Anya Court Care Home in Dunchurch Road to mark this poignant moment in history, and symbolise unity among staff and residents, as part of its ‘Moment in Time’ celebrations.
The ornamental pear tree was chosen because it signifies persistence and perseverance, as it is the first to come into leaf in spring and the last to lose its leaves in winter.
Socially-distanced residents gathered in the garden and cafe to witness the planting of the tree, which was repeated across 19 other Hallmark Care Homes.
Residents also buried a time capsule filled with PPE, pictures from key moments during COVID-19, and a video taken of residents clapping for the NHS and other key workers. They also enjoyed an outdoor performance from crooners Nice and Easy.
Karen Handley, customer relationship manager at Anya Court, said: “We planted ‘The Moment in Time’ tree with a ceremony that included the planting of Anya Court’s Time Capsule.
“Residents and team were involved and enjoyed live music, a BBQ and a cream tea during the socially distanced afternoon.”
April Dobson, head of relationship-centred care at Hallmark Care Homes, said: “There are many moments in time that hold significance for each of us throughout our lives.
“Over the last few months, we have shared some difficult and some good times, and today brings us together to remember and reflect.
“The trees we are planting mark this moment in time and are a symbol of hope for the future.
“The ornamental pear tree symbolises the strength, resilience, and courage of everyone during this pandemic and we raised a glass for a time when residents will be able to show the tree to their families.”