Can you help older people celebrate VE Day next week?

South Leeds Live At Home Scheme has issued a plea for help from local children ahead of next Friday’s VE Day commemoration.

The organisation, which supports older people in the Beeston, Cottingley and Hunslet areas, will be hand delivering afternoon tea to their members’ homes, but they are asking children to make flags to decorate the packs.

Sarah, from the group explained:

“Sadly in the these unprecedented times we have had to cancel our VE Day celebrations next week. In the face of adversity we have thought if our members couldn’t come and celebrate with us we would take the celebrations to them. We will be delivering a parcel with a scone, jam, butter, tea bag and a small union jack flag with a message from us at the scheme.

“This brings me to our request form yourselves, we were hoping that the children would decorate a flag (see template below, but you can make your own) anything that they think would cheers the member up. If they could write a message to the older person on the back I’m pretty certain that they would overjoyed.”

Scones, butter, cream and jam for the packs have been kindly provided by Morrisons, Asda, Bookers and DePuy Synthes.

When the flags are completed please contact Sarah on 07568 612175, email us at , send us message through our Facebook page or post it through the letter box at St Andrews Community Centre, Cardinal Road, Beeston, LS11 8AG. Flags should be completed by Tuesday (5 May). We will collect them from a safe distance.

VE Day, Victory in Europe was declared on 8 May 1945 when Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to Allied forces. The Second World War continued in the Pacific until August 1945. The government has chosen to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day by moving the May Day Bank Holiday, which would have been on Monday 4 May, to Friday 8 May.