After Frankie and Bella are injured in the landmine explosion they’re sent out to stay in a Red Cross Country Hospitality Scheme home to recuperate. This scheme was set up by the Red Cross to enable Civil Defence workers who were exhausted or recovering from injury, to rest and get some much needed respite from their gruelling war work. They stayed in the homes of people or in some case the home owners moved out and the Red Cross took over running the home.
To begin with the scheme took London Civil Defence workers out to stay in the home counties but it proved so successful that it spread further afield in England and Wales and by March 1944 over 30,000 people had benefited from a stay in a Country Hospitality Scheme home.
You can find out more about it here.