King's Hall pupils bring cheer to elderly residents

The pupils at King's Hall School have brought some early festive cheer by writing letters to the elderly residents at a local care home this term, many of whom have been unable to see their families because of the second Covid lockdown.

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16th December 2020 — Last month the King's Hall School Pupil Council met to discuss ideas for fundraising and community-based initiatives, and after agreeing a casual clothes day in aid of Children in Need, next on the agenda was the idea of letter writing.

During the first lock down, some of the school's Pre-Prep children sent letters to local elderly residents, and some of the senior pupils at King’s College, Taunton also started a pen pal scheme in a similar vein.

With this in mind the members of the Pupil Council decided to encourage the whole school to write letters, which were then duly posted.

Pupil Council Chair, Thomas R, said: “Many of us at King’s Hall wanted to write letters to the elderly people in local care homes. We are aware that some of these people have not been able to see their families due to Covid-19 and it felt wonderful to know that we could do something to make them a little happier during these difficult times”.

After a few weeks of sending the letters, the children received a wonderful reply from Jackie Gower, Acting Deputy Manager at Beauchamp Country Care House:

“I would like to thank all the children who wrote such lovely letters to the residents at Beauchamp House, they were completely overwhelmed and touched by the letters. We had tears of joy at times, they were delighted."

She added: “I have enough letters to give out again to the residents when it gets closer to Christmas. They have so appreciated the very kind gesture by the children. Some of the residents hope to write back. Once again thank you to you and your team and a massive thank you to the children.”

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