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Coventry school children show their support to elderly community


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Pupils from Richard Lee Primary school in Coventry have formed friendships with many older residents in the community by sending them letters. They started writing to residents of a local care home In December to help them feel less isolated, by sharing jokes, a little about themselves and stories about their time in school.

With help from NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, the children could pass their letters on to residents of Eden House care home and receive replies.

Lauren Anderson, Year 2 Leader of Richard Lee Primary, said:

“The children were incredibly excited to share their thoughts with a ‘real person’ and were delighted when they received an abundance of replies the next day. It was incredible to hear their life stories and experiences; growing up during World War 2, being a child in Coventry and their school memories.  One resident informed us they are 104, and the children were so amazed by this.”

Lauren was inspired by the ‘Classrooms to Care Homes’ scheme, organised by the Times Educational Supplement, which focuses on easing the loneliness of the elderly who have less access to families and the broader world through the pandemic.

Manager of Eden House care home, Laura Hambridge, commented:

“Our residents were thrilled to receive the letters and thoroughly enjoyed replying. I have to admit we did shed some tears reading the heartfelt letters and replies.  

“Those that were unable to write replies were supported by staff to ensure they could be part of the beautiful project. Staff wrote down the replies word for word to ensure the letter genuinely come from the resident. Many of our residents said they would love to receive more letters, reply to them and build up new friendships with the children.”

Written by: David Watkins

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