Young and old made of the write stuff

A PENPAL project is connecting some of the youngest people in Stockport with some of the oldest, in an effort to bridge the gap between teenagers and seniors.

Janet Coxon, 97, was one of the first people to receive a letter as part of the project, which came from a year seven pupil at Stockport School on Mile End Lane.

Janet served as a flight sergeant in the Woman’s Royal Air Force during the Second World War. She moved to Bramhall in 1940, and in 1965 she settled in her current home in Great Moor.

Her son Ian attended Stockport School in the 1960s and 70s, and said “she was delighted to receive the letter”

The project is the result of a partnership between Home Instead Senior Care Stockport and Stockport School – pupils have written letters to Home Instead clients, who then replied with the help of their CAREGivers.

Clare Cliff our Head of CAREGiver Experience said “To see the children  engaging with the elderly by writing letters has been fantastic and inspiring”.

Matt Williamson from Stockport Schools added, “The boys involved in the pen pal project have really enjoyed the process.

“They each wrote a thoughtful letter and shared insights about what it’s like being a teenager in this day and age.”

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A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home