Tonbridge pupils create art with a heart after visiting care home for year
by Andy Tong | 21st February 2019
RESIDENTS at Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge were feeling the love last week when pupils of Bishop Chavasse Primary School visited to make Valentine’s Day cards.
The children were enthusiastic about designing and making the cards. There were many offerings for their parents, but some of them gave their creations to delighted residents of the home.
Sheila Ward was one of the lucky recipients, and said: “This just wonderful – isn’t it lovely? Thank you.”
The pupils have been visiting Barnes Lodge for nearly a year, arriving once a fortnight to catch up on events and often learning something new.
'To find a child’s hand in yours is one of the most moving things that can happen to you'
On the previous trip they made their own space mobiles after learning about planets back in the classroom.
Kay Hawkins, Activities Coordinator at Barnes Lodge, said: “There is a huge difference in our residents when the children visit.
“Their faces just light up when they arrive, and some of the residents actually stand at the window waiting for them in the morning.
“They absolutely adore them and get so much out of these visits, it really is wonderful to see and be a part of.”
Donna Weeks, Headteacher at Bishop Chavasse, told the Times: “The most important thing in life is to be loved and cared about.
"Children have such a pure and positive sense of compassion, which is why our community link with Barnes Lodge is one I feel incredibly privileged that we have been able to establish and develop over the last year.
“Being able to watch the relationships between children and residents grow into something so special, and the impact it has had on all involved from young to old, care staff to school staff and parents, is truly magical.
“To find a child’s hand in yours is one of the most moving things that can happen to you, so being able to watch this tenderness happen during our visits to Barnes Lodge is incredibly special – and something more schools should seek to establish.”