May 9, 2019 4.11 pm This story is over 30 months old

School kids give special presents to elderly pen pals

They hope it will be the start of a long friendship

School children have travelled to Lincoln to meet their elderly pen pals and hand them a special present.

Year two pupils from Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham have been speaking with elderly people from Age UK.

The school used the story of Red Riding Hood to show how they should care for older people, an idea they have really gotten behind.

It brings joy.

Each of the pupils wrapped up presents for their pen pals, including paintings, individually designed mugs, prayers, an Easter card and special letters.

Helen Hilton, headteacher at Little Gonerby, hopes that it will be the beginning of a long term friendship with the charity.

The children brought special gifts.

She said: “We have done projects with older people in the past and have seen how much the children benefit from talking and interacting with the older generation.

“Rather than just a one-off event, we wanted to build a long-term relationship with a charity so the children can really understand the work that the charity does and how much they can make an impact.”

A nice idea.

Michele Jolly, CEO at Age UK in Lincoln and South Lincolnshire, added: “To see the effort made by all of the children and the gratitude from our older people receiving the packages is wonderful.

“We are looking forward to growing the relationship with the school and would like to encourage other schools, colleges and universities to consider how they can incorporate intergenerational work into their studies.”

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