Staff at Tadworth Grove Bupa Care Home have raised £250 for a local junior school in Surrey, after pupils kindly sent lots of Christmas cards to residents.
The Epsom-based care home put out a plea last December for the local community to help raise residents’ spirits over the festive season by sending joyful messages and cards.
Staff were blown away by the generosity of pupils at Warren Mead Infant and Junior School when they received ninety-nine handmade cards.
To say thank you, for the time and effort the pupils put into their kind messages, staff wanted to give back by raising money that they hoped would benefit the children’s studies.
A resident at the Tadworth Grove Bupa Care Home, Doreen Kirk, was once a teacher at Warren Mead and so the relationship between the school and the home is very close to her heart.
Commenting on the cards she and the other residents received over Christmas, Doreen said: “The handmade cards from the children were just wonderful, so creative and well-made, they had clearly put in a lot of effort.
“Working at the school was such a pleasure and I look back on that time in my life very fondly. That’s why being able to maintain a close relationship with the teachers and pupils is very important to me and I like to support them when I can.”
The school’s headteacher sent the home a thank you message following the donation and confirmed that they will be using the money for supplies and educational decorations for the children’s classrooms when they return to school.
However, the final decision on what the money should be spent on will be left to the children who spent their time making the cards for Tadworth Grove residents.
Soonita Shaw, Home Manager at Tadworth Grove Bupa Care Home, said: “We were so thrilled when we received all of the Christmas cards from the children and it was lovely to see our residents’ faces light up when reading them.
“We wanted to give back in a meaningful way and hope that the donation will be put to good use for the children’s time in the classroom. We are so proud to be able to support our local school in this way.”