Christmas proves to be the season of new friendships in West Sussex


Christmas has certainly proven to be the season of good will in West Sussex as children from a local nursery have forged friendships with residents at a local care home.


Residents at Croft Meadow care home, in Steyning, welcomed a group of three and four-year-olds from Elan Nursery, and helped them make Christmas cards.


Resident, Eileen Davis, said: “I love to hear the sound of the children chatting and laughing – it’s a sound I really miss.” Fellow resident, Audrey Munday, added: “Having had the children visit made my morning and I cannot wait for another visit from my new friend, Florence.”


Residents were also treated to a medley of Christmas carols by the children before showing them the home’s makeshift grotto where they exchange presents.


Elan Nursery staff members, Nicky Sharratt and Becky Somers, both agreed it was an enjoyable morning for all involved and are looking forward to planning future activities at the home.


Sharalee Thrumble, home manager at the Shaw healthcare-run home, said: “It has been such a wonderful morning and we definitely plan to make this a regular treat. Not only is it beneficial to the residents, but to the children too, who helped the residents with their festive preparations.”



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