Kind-hearted school children in Chesterfield have been helping to spread some extra spring cheer to elderly residents this Easter.
Children from a number of schools across the borough teamed up with Chesterfield Borough Council’s Careline team once again to create hand-made cards and decorations that were delivered to residents living in the council’s older persons housing schemes in time for the Easter weekend.
The school children also planted bulbs which have been delivered to the residents with the aim to help spread some spring cheer over the coming months.
Liz Cook, Chesterfield Borough Council’s service director – housing, said: “This has been a really difficult year for many, and Easter was a little different once again this year, so it was great for residents to receive a little something from the school children. The school children designed Christmas cards and decorations for our residents last year, and these were greatly received, so we we’re really happy to team up with the schools again and put a smile on the faces of many of our residents over Easter.
“We have had a truly amazing response from local schools again and we’re sure it will have made a huge difference in bringing some Easter cheer across our older person’s housing schemes. I’m really grateful to our Careline team too who have been working hard to co-ordinate this project and make sure our residents received a nice surprise.”
Residents will now be given the chance to respond to letters from the children and pass on their thanks.
Andrea Goodwin, from Duckmanton Primary School, said: “Everybody at Duckmanton Primary School really values our longstanding community links with residents at Markham Court. The children are disappointed that, due to social distancing restrictions, they have been unable to visit the residents in person but hope that the cards and planters raised some smiles this Easter. We look forward to the time when we can all meet again!”
All cards were sanitised and placed in a bag before being collected from the schools and delivered to residents.