Care home residents and pre-schoolers form long-distance friendship

Residents at a Cringleford care home were delighted when local youngsters gave them a very special surprise.

Residents at Care UK’s Cavell Court were thrilled to see the smiling faces of the children from Crackerjacks Pre-School, who popped by to wave at their older friends through the window.

Forming a long-distance friendship during the pandemic, the children have been sending cards, drawings and letters to residents over the past year, and were excited to be able to go and wave to their older friends in person, through the window.

Resident Pearl, said: ‘It was so lovely to see the children so happy and interested in visiting and waving to residents at Cavell Court. Seeing them really did put a smile on all of our faces.’

Karen Curle, home manager at Cavell Court, said: ‘Resident’s love spending time with the youngsters at Crackerjacks Pre-school, and it was wonderful to see everyone’s faces light up when they realised who had come to visit.

‘Being so close by, the children were regular visitors to Cavell Court prior to the pandemic, and we know that everyone has really missed seeing each other over the past year.

‘Intergenerational friendships can be incredibly beneficial to both older and younger people, as it offers both generations a chance to learn from one another, as well as providing older people with a sense of purpose.

‘We are looking forward to being able to reunite with Crackerjacks Pre-School as soon as we are safely able, and get back to painting, singing and playing together once more!’

Cavell Court is a modern care home that provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema and hairdressers, and there is plenty of space both indoors and out for relaxation and recreation.

For further information on Cavell Court, please call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email           

For more general information click here.

Photo Credit – Care UK


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