How would you react in an emergency? Bruce Meadows acted with the greatest presence of mind and bravery. Bruce was travelling in a car with his friend John around the perimeter track at North Weald Airfield on 9 May last year. They may have been aware of a light aeroplane making an approach to land but they would not have thought more of it than the many other routine landings taking place without incident every day.
Unfortunately for the pilot of the plane, his approach was suddenly to become anything but routine. Just a few feet from the ground the plane veered off course. As it lost height it performed a full 180 degree turn taking it away from the runway. Moments later it crashed into the back of Bruce and John`s car.
Amazingly, Bruce and John were unharmed. The injured pilot was not so lucky, being trapped in the wreckage of his plane as fire took hold. Few people can say what it is like to be hit by an aeroplane but it seems not to have affected the senses of Bruce and John. Within seconds they were out of the car and pulling the pilot to safety. Moments later the plane was engulfed in flames. Neither Bruce nor John have sought any recognition for their heroic efforts. Indeed both were very reluctant to make their identities known or talk to the media about their actions. However, with some persuasion we are delighted to say that Bruce has agreed to attend the awards for the presentation of a special Certificate of Appreciation.
Staff of Cunningham House
For the staff of Cunningham House, an Abbeyfield home in North Weald, nothing is more important than the care of their elderly residents. The quality of their care is so great that Cunningham House was recently voted the best care home in the South East of England. Cunningham House is home to 29 elderly, frail people in one unit and 25 people living with dementia in a second.
However, it was not just for their excellent care services that the Cunningham House team won their award. Special gardens themed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Brighton promenade offer a completely different dimension. These projects transport the residents of Cunningham House in mind and memory to a time they can relate to, encouraging self-expression, fun and laughter.
Manager Rosemary Moor explains the inspiration behind the promenade: Because so many remember happy days by the sea, we decided to develop a beach style garden area that offers stimulation of the mind and body and evokes memories from the past , thus improving quality of life. It will increase sociability and will encourage physical activity and residents to spend time in the fresh air.
As people enter the most vulnerable stage in their lives, there can be no greater comfort than the reassurance offered in the care demonstrated by the Abbeyfield Society at Cunningham House. Helena Little and Rosemary Moor received a special Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of all the staff at Cunningham House.