25 Royal British Legion veterans, aged between 86 and 98, were treated to a Christmas lunch and choir performance at P&O Ferries’ Dover HQ last Friday (20th December).
The ex-servicemen and women, some of whom had served in World War Two, were accompanied by their carers for a three course festive lunch served by volunteers from the ferry and logistics company, which has a long association with the Royal British Legion.
On the menu was soup, followed by a main course of roast turkey with all the trimmings, and mince pies for pudding. Entertaining on the piano during lunch was Joe Ciantar, Head of Security and Gaming at P&O Ferries. Tea, coffee and biscuits were also served, with each guest receiving a homemade fudge gift to take home.
After lunch the veterans – who are resident at the Royal British Legion’s Maurice House in Broadstairs, Kent – enjoyed a performance from P&O Ferries’ award-winning choir, singing Yuletide songs including Walking in the Air, White Christmas and O Come, All Ye Faithful.
Tony Brooks, one of the Royal British Legion veterans, said: “P&O Ferries have been so generous I cannot thank them enough.  As the former director of Thanet Male Voice Choir I found the Choir’s performance especially moving.”
Jacqueline Burns, Business Transformation & Communications Manager at P&O Ferries, added: “We are proud to support the Royal British Legion and the work they do to support their community of Armed Forces people. It’s important that we don’t forget their unique contribution to our country, and it was a privilege to host them here at Channel House in Dover. It was a wonderful day.”
The work of the Royal British Legion is dedicated to providing lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, which includes serving men and women, veterans, and their families. P&O Ferries’ connection to the charity dates back to the ferry company’s foundation 182 years ago. It has been marked through a number of conflicts during this period, having lost 80 ships in World War One, another 182 in World War Two and five of its vessels served in the Falklands War.