7 April 2020
Children write to care home residents
Staff from a care home in Aylesbury are asking children stuck at home during the Coronavirus pandemic to write letters to their residents as part of Anchor’s #BeKindToOneAnother campaign.
Older people living at Anchor’s Buckingham Lodge in Culpepper Close are looking for young pen pals to help the children pass the time while their schools are shut.
The carers at Buckingham Lodge, who organise a wide variety of activities for their residents, came up with the idea after hearing parents’ concerns about keeping the children entertained during their stay at home. Children can also send in poems and drawings.
Craig Summers, Manager of Buckingham Lodge, said: “On hearing that schools in Aylesbury were closing due to the Coronavirus, many of our residents were reminded of the long school holidays and how difficult it was to keep their children entertained.”
“So we all thought why not ask local children to start writing to our residents or sending them drawings or cards as part of a meaningful activity for both groups. It will be a fun way for the children and residents to find out about each other’s lives and make new friends.”
“We’re obviously not restricting this writing project to just children so our residents would love to hear from anyone in the community too.”
Resident Dorothy Windeatt, 79, who has lived at Buckingham Lodge for 10 months, said she was looking forward to receiving letters and drawings from the children.
Avid amateur artist and letter writer Dorothy said: “I have already written back to a boy called Mason who wrote us a letter but I’d love to hear from more children about their lives.”
“I was a teacher and I used to teach letter writing to my pupils because it’s fun and gives children a purpose to write.”
“I’ve always enjoyed writing letters, especially as we didn’t have a phone so letters were the only way to communicate with distant friends when I was younger.”
“My husband was in the RAF so we were part of a community which moved around a lot so letters were an important way to keep in touch, and I’m still in contact with many friends and family now.”
Great grandmother Dorothy also enjoys sketching with her favourite topic being the natural world.
Dorothy and 19 other residents have also written a letter to the manager thanking the staff at Buckingham Lodge for their “excellent care and kindness during this very difficult time”.
The letter from the residents, none of whom have signs of coronavirus, said: “All of us really do appreciate your comprehensive and outstanding service and efforts”.
Anyone wanting to write to the residents, should send letters or drawings to Manager Craig Summers, Buckingham Lodge, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 9DU.
Please view #BeKindToOneAnother for more details on the campaign.