Kind kids have written letters to old folk to help them combat loneliness.
Children from Cheswick Green Primary School in Shirley, sent letters to the residents of the nearby Fountains care home to help them through lockdown.
One letter read: “Dear Friend,
“I am nine-years-old. I have two guinea pigs named Willow and Waffle.
“My hobbies are dancing and skateboarding. I love going on the trampoline in my garden.
“I really like going to school, my favourite subject is art. I also love doing maths because I like to solve different problems.
“We recently came back to school from our half term. Our half term was really good! I went swimming with my friends.
“I also love doing crafts because I like getting messy!
“I love reading! My favourite book is The Midnight Gang. Do you like reading?
“Stay safe! xxx”
Another letter read: “Dear Friend,
“I am nine-years-old! I have a pet dog his name is Max!
“My favourite hobby is gymnastics!
“Through half term me and my mum went and it was fun!
“When my mum went back to work it was me, my dad and my brother. We went and took my dog for a walk everyday it was nice.
“When I came back to school I was excited to see my friends and teachers. My favourite subject is maths maths and art. Have you got a favourite memory?
“Stay well! Stay safe!”
The letters were so well received by the care home’s residents that they replied with gifts for the children.
One of the residents said: “It is so lovely to receive so many letters.”
Another said: “It really lifted my spirits reading the letters from the children.”
Proud teacher Sophie Miah, said: “As the children wrote their letters, they commented on how they hoped to put smiles on the faces of the residents receiving their letters, especially as it has been a difficult year for everyone.
“When the children received personal responses, they were so thrilled. The whole class has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this exchange between The Fountains Care Home and are already asking when they can write back next.”
Cheswick Green and the care home worked closely with David Wilson Homes in their campaign to help end loneliness.
General Manager at The Fountains, Sonia Tenniswood said: “We are so very grateful for the relationship with Cheswick Green Primary School, as well as David Wilson Homes.
“They have both been extremely generous and supportive.”
Managing Director of David Wilson Homes Mercia, Dominic Harman said: “The pandemic has strongly affected many people, particularly the elderly who are already at risk of loneliness, and we would like to spread some festive cheer.
“As a leading developer, it is very important to us to try our best to help combat loneliness and ensure that everyone at The Fountains knows that they are being thought about this Christmas.”