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Hallmark Care Homes launches letters to your younger self campaign

23 May 2017

Hallmark Care Homes launches letters to your younger self campaign

Hallmark Care Homes is 20 this year and to celebrate, we’ve encouraged our residents to write letters to their younger self.

To everyone at Hallmark turning 20 is a wonderful milestone, but for many of our residents since they’ve turned 20 a lot of lessons have been learnt and words of wisdom shared.

Here are four letters that have been submitted to us by our residents so far:

Dear Eira,

I enjoyed my life and had a great friend in Betty Lewis since the age of five. A true friend as friends should be.

I wish I studied more so I would tell my younger self to do better at school.

I had one child called Anne. I really wanted a carpet for the front room but my husband wanted a baby first then a carpet. But I am glad I had Anne first before the carpet. Sometimes I wish I had two children. My sister would have been thrilled if I had two.

I was sectary of Pen-y-Wern Dowlais Chapel and I would not change it for the world. I visited Palestine to preach to the cross that Jesus was crucified.

My boyfriend was on the bridge in Pen-y-Wern and he was waiting for me. I was walking down to meet him with another boy from the chapel. The other boy asked me for a kiss so I covered us up with my umbrella so my boyfriend couldn’t see us kissing! I wouldn’t change a thing.

I wouldn’t change anything about my life as I’ve done everything I have wanted to do!



Dear Joan,

At 85 years old I would like to try and give you some advice. Your future is unique and you will make the majority of your choices.

At your age you need to know that love of your family and friends is most important, and this is so for life.

Now, with their help education comes second and gives you so many choices in all walks of life and you need the best you can get. A career helps you through life.

One of the major choices maybe a husband and family, choose your partner carefully and work hard to keep it compatible.



Dear Mags,

Hope you are doing well! Just a bit of advice for you!

Enjoy your young healthy life, use your abilities to search for a future for you.

Working as an assistant in a store, getting a lot of experience to help yourself train for the health and beauty college. That will give you the opportunity to go on the cruise liner, making up ladies in the beauty salon on the liner, giving them facials and cleansing their faces, apply makeup and styling hair. You’ll also help to decide the clothes to wear for both the day and evening.

With love,


Dear Edith,

I hope all is well with you!

I’m feeling great and been thinking of times gone by – the good and maybe “not so good” times.

Remember the “air raids”, when we sat in the air raid shelter? I think of the “raid” when the incendiary bombs fell on Canton library and I sat under a table to shelter from any debris. Pumping water from a bucket I tried to contain the flames – but with luck – the caretaker arrived and together we tipped sand and water on the flames – and put the flames out!!

Lots of love,


We can’t wait to receive more letters from our residents, we love reading them and each letter is truly inspiring. We also want to invite others to write a letter to their younger self. We’d love to hear from team, family of residents, schools, authors, and anyone else who would like to get involved.

What have you learned since you were 20 and what advice might you offer yourself years down the line? Even if you’re 11 what advice would you give your 20 future self! We can’t wait to hear from everyone and of course the best will be published on our blog and placed into our Hallmark Care Homes 20th anniversary series.

You can submit your letters to your younger (or older) self by emailing: [email protected] or tweeting a photo of them using the hashtag #letterstoyouryoungerself.

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