INTERGENERATIONAL pen pals have met for the first time at a Rotherham care home after exchanging letters throughout the pandemic.
Residents at Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, and pupils from Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School, on Ashwood Road, enjoyed their first face-to-face meeting since they started the letter exchange in March 2020.
Several residents, including June Hague, 85, one of those who has been writing to the youngers, went to the reception area of the care home to thank their visitors.
They were treated to a sea shanty performed by the Class 2 pupils, who also dropped off more letters and a large collection of treats for residents to enjoy – including chocolates, biscuits, cakes, and tea.
Teachers have promised they will return with the pupils at Christmas to perform carols.
Resident Shirley Ward, 85, said: “How wonderful. Thank you so much. You have brightened my day.”
Lindsey Grady, home manager at Broadacres Care Home, said: “It was wonderful and so kind of the children and their teachers to visit.
“One of our residents, June Hague, was moved to tears by the children’s visit and thought the letters were beautiful.
“All the residents were so pleased to see them and can’t wait to tuck into all the lovely treats they have donated.”