The Community Kids Club had a truly memorable day visiting The Royal Hospital Chelsea last week.
Fourteen primary and four secondary pupils collectively celebrated the part The Bay CE School has played in the ‘Battlefields to Butterflies’ Project. They met the artist, Chelsea Pensioner, Rick Graham whose painting was the inspiration for the whole event and exhibition.
The children presented framed letters from the High Sheriff and Sandown Town Council which thanked them for the community initiatives they have been involved in. They also handed over their framed school logo and Chelsea Pensioner logo which will go on display in the Hospital.
The Community Rail Partnership funded the whole trip and arranged for the children to meet with the Captain on the bridge of the Fastcat and travel in style from Waterloo on Sir Peter Hendy’s vintage London Bus.
Following the tour of the site, Chelsea Pensioner Barry Davey who grew up on the Isle of Wight, movingly spoke to the Community Kids and said “A huge thank you to each and every one of you. Your visit from the Isle of Wight has brought my home place back to me. You have made my day!”