One of the last surviving Second World War Lancaster bomber air crew, Ronald Clarke, recently enjoyed a day at the British military headquarters at Northwood as a special VIP guest.

Pictured left to right: Group Captain JP Sutton OBE,
Warrant Officer J Wright,
Air Vice Marshall G Waterfall CBE, Ronald Clarke,
Sheena Clarke (Ronald’s daughter) and Lorraine Adams,
his carer at Richmond Villages

Air Vice Marshall G Waterfall CBE, Ronald Clarke and carer, Lorraine Adams
Air Vice Marshall G Waterfall CBE with Ronald Clarke

Ronald, who is 94 and lives at the Richmond Northampton retirement village, was invited to the Northwood headquarters to open the annual events and family’s day, where he was met by two Air Vice Marshalls, the Commanding Officer, the Second in Command, Station Warrant Officer and many other service personnel who were keen to meet him.

Ronald was a Warrant Officer with 15 Squadron, Group 3 Bomber Command during the war, and a radio operator onboard Lancasters.  Born in Harrow, London, he was posted to RAF Mildenhall for the last year of the war from where he flew on eight operations and still has his original log book.

Ronald moved to the Richmond village with his wife Jean in 2014, but she sadly passed away earlier this year.  He is very close to his son and two daughters, who regularly visit him.

“It’s so important that we help residents celebrate their achievements and interests, and this was a great opportunity for Ronald.  He had a wonderful day and was so grateful, especially to his domiciliary carer, Lorraine Adams who volunteered to drive and stay with him for the day.  We were delighted we could make it possible for him - just seeing the smile on his face made it worth it.  He’s since been invited to two further events which he is keen to attend, so here’s hoping there are more to come!” says Sharon Carlisle, the care manager at Richmond Northampton.

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Notes to editors

About Richmond Villages
One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years.  The company already operates seven luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.  Its new village at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire opened recently, and its eighth village at Wood Norton in Worcestershire is now under construction.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care and won numerous awards.
For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit richmond-villages.com or telephone 0800 0987 094

About Bupa UK
Bupa Care Services: Bupa has some 130 care homes, as well as seven Richmond Villages with four new care homes and a new retirement village under construction.
The business also comprises: Bupa UK Insurance, the leading health insurer in the UK with 2.3 million customers; Bupa Dental UK, a major dental provider operating more than 430 practices; Bupa Health Services, health clinics and wellness centres; and Bupa Cromwell Hospital a complex care hospital in London.
For more information, visit www.bupa.co.uk

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