A CARE company which provides home help in Runcorn, Widnes and Frodsham areas has joined forces with primary schools to launch a 'Letter to a Senior'.

In a mission to help create a little happiness in the community and spread some positivity during unsettling times, outstanding rated Home Instead Senior Care has launched the campaign, in which primary school children draw a picture and write a letter to an elderly person who is living alone and might be feeling particularly isolated at this time.

Jane Pinnington, Community Relations Coordinator at Home Instead said: “We recognised in this pandemic that our elderly will be missing out on seeing family, friends, and grandchildren so we have come up with a project called Letter for a Senior.

“The results have been brilliant. The children’s letters and drawings are adorable. Our first batch of letters and drawing have gone out to our elderly clients and we know that they put a smile on their faces."

She added: "The children’s letters also invite the recipient to write a reply, so we are looking forward to see what letters the children might get back.”

Eve, 8, from Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Widnes has written a letter to Eileen, a client of Home Instead. In the letter, Eve asked some questions and then shared some very important details about her life, saying “I like to play with my dolls and teddies,” and “my trampoline is very bouncy.”

Eileen was so pleased to receive this special letter and said that she knew the school very well and that she was delighted with her letter and that she will be writing back with her caregiver Michelle later this week.

Praising the work, Headteacher of Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Janette Cook-Hannah said: "Letter to a Senior is a wonderful project and I know our children have thoroughly enjoyed participating by writing letters and drawing pictures.

"This has been a very difficult time for everyone, but particularly for our senior citizens missing family and friends with many feeling quite isolated. Some of our children said they just wanted to make someone happy and bring a smile to their face. Letter to a Senior Project I believe is definitely doing just that.”

Jane and her team at Home Instead are reaching out to other groups in the community who might know people who would benefit from receiving a letter to help boost their spirits.

For more information about Home Instead, please call: 01928 495147 or visit: https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/halton.