These primary pupils have brought smiles to care home residents and staff


Children at a Stoke-on-Trent primary school have brought some festive cheer to residents and staff in seven care homes.

Pupils at Hanley St Luke’s CE Aided Primary decided to take part in ‘Hearts for Homes’, a Christmas campaign led by teaching website Picture News.

They created Christmas cards with joyful messages for residents to enjoy.

The gifts were then sent off to The Limes, in Fenton; The Place Up Hanley’ The Cedars in Holden Bridge’ Westcroft Nursing Home, in Hanley; Stadium Court; Hanford Manor and Wetley Manor.

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Giulio Addai and Amelia Loo writing their letters

One of the messages read: “Merry Christmas to all the carers keeping the elderly safe.”

Assistant headteacher Emma Facey said that the messages left by the children were ‘courteous and kind’.

“I heard about the Hearts for Homes Christmas campaign from Picture News and thought it would be a great thing for our school to be involved with,” she added.

“We have talked a lot together about the difficulties many people, including staff and residents in care homes, have faced during the pandemic, so the children of Hanley St Luke’s wanted to say thank you for all of their dedication and hard work and to send love and well wishes to residents at this difficult time.”

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The children are now looking forward to potentially receiving a reply to their letters in the New Year.

“When contacted, many of the care homes said that the residents would write back to the children too which is lovely, and something which we will definitely look forward to,” said Emma.

“The children responded to the task so thoughtfully and all of their messages were so courteous and kind.

“They really enjoyed themselves in helping to spread a little Christmas cheer to other people.”





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