Christmas is a time for family and giving that is celebrated in schools, homes and within the community. It is a time to spend time with loved ones, give/receive gifts and enjoy festivities.
However, Christmas can be a time when some elderly people feel lonely due to: not having a family or family nearby, having a medical condition that makes it difficult to attend community events or not wanting to be a burden on their families.
Pupils at Waycroft Academy and our Robinson House care home have been building a closer friendship this season through a wonderful ‘Christmas Gift Box’ appeal that Waycroft Academy launched a few weeks ago.
The school chose Brunelcare as its ‘gift box’ appeal charity this year, encouraging pupils and their families to gather a few useful gift items, in Christmas gift wrapped boxes, to deliver by hand to everyone cared for and living at Brunelcare’s Robinson House care home this week. Pupils not only delivered the boxes but also entertained everyone with a Christmas sing-along, giving their presents to each person gathered in the lounge.
Teacher Victoria May at Waycroft Academy, who organised this year’s Christmas Gift Box appeal, says:
“For Waycroft Academy, we felt that by doing this for our nearby care home, Brunelcare’s Robinson House, we can give back to the older generation – building our friendship at this special time of year. What a lovely morning we had visiting the care home with all our gifts today. It was touching to see the reactions on people’s faces. Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were talking about it all the way back to school. ”
Joy White, Manager for Brunelcare’s Robinson House care home comments:
“I can’t say a big enough thank you to all the children and their parents who have so generously donated these wonderful presents to our Robinson House ‘family’. You can see from the delight on everyone’s faces today how much this has meant to us. We look forward to seeing the children again soon.”
All four of Brunelcare’s care homes have been rated ‘gold standard’ for their end of life care
Brunelcare’s Robinson House care home is the first care home in Bristol to be rated by Dementia Care Matter’s Household Model of Care Butterfly Accreditation scheme as a ‘Butterfly Home’