Grantham schoolchildren deliver care packages to elderly pen friends
A group of schoolchildren travelled to Lincoln to meet their elderly pen friends.
As part of their latest topic, youngsters in Year 2 at Little Gonerby Infant School, Grantham, have been discovering what they can learn from fairy tales.
They used the story of Little Red Riding Hood to make links about caring for the elderly and became pen pals with members from Age UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire.
They designed and made care packages which were hand-delivered by Keira, Kaden and Evie and their teacher Clare Prestidge last week.
The care packages contained items including canvasses that the children had painted, patterns for mugs, prayers, an Easter card and letters.
Year 2 teacher Clare helped organised the pen friend scheme. She said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the project and are looking forward to writing back.”
Little Gonerby headteacher Helen Hilton is hoping that it will be the beginning of a long term friendship with the charity.
She added: “We have done projects with older people in the past and have seen how much the children get out off talking and interacting with the older generation. Rather than just a one-off event, we wanted to build a long-term relationship with a charity so the children can really understand the work that the charity does and how much they can make an impact.”
Age UK fund-raising and marketing manager Melanie Meik added: “When we started working together we thought it would be wonderful but when the care packages arrived, we were truly overwhelmed.
“We are passionate about ending loneliness and isolation in older people and bridging the gap through intergenerational work.”