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Care home gets carol treat

Children from Walkley Primary School in Sheffield visited Northfield Nursing home to entertain the staff and residents with an outdoor carol service.

Bosses at the home arranged for school children to sing Christmas carols to the workers and their residents.

While residents had to watch from behind the windows, the students from Year Six also handed over gifts and personalised cards to the residents.

Staff were on hand to capture the singing on video for residents’ relatives and families.

Staff at Northfield Nursing Home in Sheffield were hit hard by the pandemic this year as they battled to keep residents safe, but the home was one of the first to install new visitor pods to enable residents to see loved ones regardless of the weather.

Nicola Richards, Director of Palms Row Health Care, told the Mirror newspaper:

It was lovely, they brought presents and cards for the residents. Some of the staff were in tears.

The residents had laminated cards to say ‘sounds beautiful’ and ‘thank you’. They were all singing in the dining room afterwards.

The spirit even when they were gone, they were all really happy.

It’s really generous of the school what they’ve done. It was really uplifting.

Staff were really emotional about it, they said they could not stop crying. They did three songs and the staff were singing with them.

The residents were all in the conservatory area and the gazebo into the garden and the children were all under the gazebo area with the teachers.”

Teacher, Jenna Leverton, said:

It was so nice to see the residents.

To see them singing along with smiles on their faces was lovely. And the carers because it has not been easy for them.

It was nice for the children to see. We did a talk before with the children to explain they won’t be with their families for Christmas.

Image & Video: Palms Row Health Care

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