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A resident at a Newark care home, who has just celebrated his 100th birthday, has received a special letter of thanks and a bottle of champagne from Prince Charles.

Teddy Hempstead, a resident at Red Roofs Residential Care Home in Newark, was awarded the Burma Star campaign medal for his service in Burma during the second world war.

Teddy Hempstead, a resident at Red Roofs Residential Care Home in Newark.
Teddy Hempstead, a resident at Red Roofs Residential Care Home in Newark.

Teddy served in Burma with the 4th Battalion Queen’s Own Royal West Kents, and is one of few of his comrades still surviving to hold the medal.

To mark Teddy’s special 100th birthday, Red Roofs general manager Trish Smith and her team organised a military-themed birthday party.

Birthday cards poured in for Teddy from the military community ahead of his special day.

The letter from Prince Charles.
The letter from Prince Charles.

The special package from Prince Charles was gratefully received by Teddy and the team at Red Roofs.

In his letter, Prince Charles, a patron of the Burma Star Memorial Fund, thanked Teddy for his heroic efforts, and those of his comrades, during the second world war.

Trish said: “Teddy is a much-loved resident at Red Roofs. He has lived an incredible and honourable life and he is a very special person.

Teddy Hempstead, a resident at Red Roofs Residential Care Home in Newark.
Teddy Hempstead, a resident at Red Roofs Residential Care Home in Newark.

“To receive a message from the Prince of Wales, as well as a bottle of champagne, has brought great to joy to Teddy and everyone here at Red Roofs.

“Teddy wishes to thank everyone who has made his 100th birthday that extra bit special.”

Red Roofs Residential Care Home is on Grange Road and provides care for up to 30 residents.



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