Northfleet care home residents overwhelmed by children’s messages of support

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 April 2020

Joyce Harding shows off a piece of artwork sent in by local children to cheer everyone up. Picture: Dene Holm Care Home

Joyce Harding shows off a piece of artwork sent in by local children to cheer everyone up. Picture: Dene Holm Care Home


Elderly residents in a care home have been touched by a flood of letters and pictures sent in to them by local children.

The heart-touching gesture was designed to cheer everyone up during these strange times.

The residents of Dene Holm Residential Care Home in Northfleet were overwhelmed to receive so many letters and drawings from the local community.

With problems over seeing new people because of the coronavirus outbreak, the least hint of contact with the outside world is a true joy, said the home.

So with real visits on hold for the time being, staff of the care home have been encouraging local children to write to residents and lift their spirits. And they’ve been overwhelmed with the response.

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Children have been sending in paintings, poems, letters and messages of positivity, as well as some gifts, to bring a smile to the residents’ faces during a time of uncertainty.

Christine Hutchinson is the general manager of Dene Holm and she said the social outpouring was humbling to say the least.

And the residents could not have been more pleased to know there were people outside of the home who cared so much for their well-being.

Christine said: “Letters are a bit of a thing of the past and some residents haven’t received one for years, so you can imagine that it was really lovely when so much post dropped through the letterbox.

“The residents really enjoyed reading through it all and looking at the bright pictures that children had drawn for them. The engagement is great for the residents’ wellbeing and it is such a kind and touching gesture. We’d just like to say thank you to anyone who sent something in to us, it would be great to keep this going as the difficult times continue.”

Rapport Housing and Care is one of the leading providers of residential care registered to provide care for people who are 55 and over with care and/or support needs.

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