Residents from Lansbury Court care home in Sunderland have been lucky enough to receive letters from people all over the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
The letters arrived from far and wide, some filled with lovely hand drawn pictures, whilst others included words of encouragement and messages to put a smile on their faces.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing from their correspondents and felt overwhelmed with the kindness that had been shown to them. Residents were so elated to receive such thoughtful letters; it was not long before they reached for their own crafts and began drafting replies.
Staff were also delighted to see the enthusiasm they showed to make sure they used their best handwriting to thank their pen pals for their generosity. Lansbury Court Home Manager, Suzanne Mckie said “It is truly heart-warming to see the smiles on the residents faces when they open up their letters and that just goes to show what a big impact small acts of kindness can make. “
Norma Dale, resident at Lansbury Court, was especially grateful to receive a letter from a lady in Finland which read “Greetings from Finland. I heard you were looking for a pen pal, so I decided to write to you right away!”. Norma was left smiling for the rest of the day and commented “It was so lovely of them to think of us.”
Lansbury Court care home is a specialist residential, dementia residential and short-term respite facility and part of Orchard Care Homes’ network of residences situated in the North and Midlands of England.