Westholme students ‘adopt a grandparent’ for National Grandparents Day

Students in Year 7 have worked in conjunction with Springfield Care Home in order to help mark National Grandparent’s Day on October 4th.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the residents at the care home, part of the Four Seasons Health Care Group, have been on lockdown and unable to have visits from friends or relatives over the last few months.

As part of our ongoing community work, we launched the ‘adopt a grandparent’ campaign and we will be delivering pamper hampers and postcards to the Care Home just before the event in order for them to be quarantined.

Head of Year 7, Louise Cowan, said: “We realise it has been a tough six months and with the home still on lockdown, we want to show that we care.

“Our Infant children have loved performing small carol concerts for the residents in the past and we wanted to show that all the young people and staff here at Westholme School are thinking about them and our wider community during these difficult times.

Over recent months we have tried to support the community as many ways as possible – providing meals to disadvantaged young people, drinks for paramedics, and PPE for frontline workers – so when this idea was suggested we jumped at the chance. We only wish we could be there on the day to see their faces.”

Lynn Weller, Manager of Springfield Care Home, has thanked the school for the thoughtful gesture.

She said: “It’s lovely for the residents to be able to see how much they are being thought about by the wider community with gestures such as these hampers. They have found it difficult not being able to have the usual visits from their family and friends, but the gifts and handwritten notes from these students do make a big difference in lifting spirits.

“We have seen a fantastic display of support from the local community throughout the COVID pandemic and are very grateful for their support.”

When the various media outlets heard about the campaign, Granada Reports’ very own Paul Crone came along to the school to film the students filling out the cards and delivering them to the Care Home.

Tune in to ITV on Monday night (5 October) at 6pm to see Westholme School on TV.