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Lakeview residents receive Easter eggs from caring children at Connaught Junior School

13 April 2017

Lakeview residents receive Easter eggs from caring children at Connaught Junior School

Residents at Lakeview, our care home in Lightwater, will have an egg-cellent Easter thanks to kind-hearted school children at Connaught Junior School in Bagshot.

Over 50 chocolate eggs were donated to our residential and dementia home as a gesture of goodwill this Easter holiday.

School pupil, Albert McNamara, 10, came up with the idea after losing his Nan. He thought about how people, especially the older generation, may feel lonely around Easter as it is a time when families come together.

From this Albert then asked his fellow students if they could all come together to join him in collecting Easter eggs and donating them to local care homes.

Each donated Easter egg had an accompanying hand-written note from the students in Year Four.

Lifestyles Team Leader at Lakeview Care Home, Krissi-Lea Dawson said: “I am so grateful to the students, team and parents at Connaught Junior School for their generosity to the residents at Lakeview. It is such an incredible and caring idea and we have all been overwhelmed by the gesture.

“The residents have enjoyed reading each note that the Year Four students wrote and huge praise has to go to Albert for having such a fantastic and innovative idea. We are very proud of our community connections and the difference it makes to everyone at Lakeview.”

Head Teacher at Connaught Junior School, Siobhan McGann said: “At Connaught, we believe it is important for our children to have a voice and opportunities to lead.

“Albert in Year Six came up with the idea of the Easter Egg Amnesty. Some children at our school get so many Easter eggs,we wondered if they would consider giving some of them to elderly local residents. We wanted to extend the hand of friendship beyond the walls of the school. We advertised it on our school Facebook page and had an overwhelming response with nearly 200 eggs being donated!

“As well as the eggs we gave to Lakeview, we also gave some to Collingwood Grange and some individuals who live locally to our school. The rest will be distributed by Rev Andreas at St Ann’s church in Bagshot at Easter.”

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