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Excited children move care home tenant to tears

PUBLISHED: 18:09 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 20 December 2017

Father Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Father Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Children have helped bring some festive excitement to old folk in Gorleston.

Father Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis.
Picture: Nick ButcherFather Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis. Picture: Nick Butcher

Youngsters from the Little Explorers Nursery baked biscuits and shared them with tenants at St Augustine’s, a housing with care complex.

Manager Mandy Mills said there was nothing better than seeing the faces of children light up at Christmas - especially when Santa made a surprise appearance.

For many it was a chance to reconnect with memories of having their own young children at Christmas and involve them in the celebrations.

Mrs Mills said: “The young children mix really well with the older people. The playgroup brought a parachute and the tenants were moving it around, it was lovely.

Father Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis.
Jessica meets Father Christmas.
Picture: Nick ButcherFather Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis. Jessica meets Father Christmas. Picture: Nick Butcher

“Christmas is all about children so it helps the tenants. They feel like its just another day so it is nice for them to see the children.

“One of our gentlemen was crying because he loves children so much.

“He said it reminded him of when his own children were young.”

MORE: Bridging the generation gap in Gorleston leads to some lovely scenes in wake of Channel 4 documentary Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds

The Norse-run complex has some 20 flats and 15 bungalows and can take two couples.

Father Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis.
Picture: Nick ButcherFather Christmas visits St Augustine's Place , Gorleston. The home is a housing with care scheme. Youngsters from The little explorers toddler group visit the home on a regular basis. Picture: Nick Butcher

It has a long running relationship with the nursery and understands the benefits for both the old and young of spending time together.

Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for Four Years Olds shone the TV spotlight on what happens when generations separated by multiple decades are made to mingle - something that has been going on at St Augustine’s for some time.

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