With the help of Hallmark Care Homes and The Together Project, a group of residents from care homes around the country have recorded a special Christmas Eve bedtime story, to thank children across the nation for their support during 2020.
Residents of ten Hallmark Care Homes donned their best festive attire to film the magical ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, for families to watch together on 24th December.
The film comes as a thank you to all the young people that have brought moments of joy to care home residents this year, through The Together Project’s Hand in Hand Together handprint exchange.
“To all the children that lifted our spirits over lockdown – this is for you”.
See video: https://youtu.be/HPj8frpmR50
Sue Mitchell, Lifestyles Lead at Hallmark Care Home – Anya Court said:
“The residents all had a wonderful time making the video. It gave everyone a real chance to get dressed up and show their appreciation for all the lovely things that the children have done for the residents”.
The Together Project’s Hand in Hand Together campaign partners up children with older adults living in care homes, to have fun creating handprint-themed pictures and writing stories about themselves and then swapping them in the post.
The campaign is designed to:
· Address the isolation and sadness that so many of us have been experiencing
· Provide a fun, creative way for children and parents to link up with older generations
· Celebrate the simple, restorative power of human connection
The campaign will continue throughout the winter into 2021, with the charity inviting more parents and care homes to sign up. Parents/guardians and care homes can sign up here: https://www.thetogetherproject.co.uk/hand-in-hand-together
Louise Goulden, CEO and Founder of The Together Project added:
“Hand in Hand Together is creating moments of joy for children, parents and older people this winter. We aim to spread cheer, reduce loneliness and create multi-age friendships across the nation and we urge parents, families and care homes to get involved.”
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