Spreading Easter Cheer

 have been doing over the Easter period for our clients and other older people in our community.
It's never been more important to support older people within our community, especially given many people have felt isolated and lonely as a result of the pandemic.

That's why in March, we launched our ‘Be an Easter Bunny to a Senior’ campaign, following on from the success of our Christmas version. We asked local primary schools to create and donate Easter-themed cards, artwork, or messages of love to an older person this Easter. We were inundated with responses and had over 400 donations from several local schools. These included fantastic Easter-themed cards and drawings, some amazing daffodil windmills, beautiful Easter chicks and Easter baskets that children had created.

We're so grateful to the following schools for their donations:

Our Community Representative, Heather, also reached out to local supermarkets who very kindly donated Easter eggs to give to our clients. We’re so thankful to Tesco Express Collingham, Tesco Extra Seacroft and Morrisons in Wetherby for their amazing donations.

In addition, this year, we've been on a mission to help tackle social isolation for older people within our community. It’s been a difficult year for older people as many haven’t been able to leave the house for months and much of their community support services haven’t been able to operate because of local lockdown restrictions. Maintaining social interaction is vital for our mental wellbeing and it's important that we keep our brains active and stimulated with engaging activities. This is why we've created a third version of our puzzle book that we've given to many older people within our community. This book includes a range of puzzles, quizzes, word search puzzles and other trivia activities as a way of encouraging people to keep their minds engaged.

We had a great week distributing the Easter-themed cards, Easter eggs, a local magazine and our puzzle books to all of our clients. We also donated the Easter cards, local magazine and puzzle books to many other older people in our community around Wetherby and North Leeds within local care homes or retirement complexes. These included Windsor Court Care Home, Wetherby Manor Care Home, Home Paddock House, Ashfields Nursing Home, Tatterton Lodge Retirement Home, Bedford Court Residential Home, Richmond House Care Home, St Edmunds Court Retirement Housing, Nicholson Court Retirement Housing, Orchard House Retirement Housing, Box Tree Court, Highlands Exclusive Housing.

This brought some great Easter happiness to the wider community at a time when many people are still affected by the lockdown restrictions.

We have distributed over 1500 copies of our puzzle book locally through other community groups and GP surgeries as well as sharing over 400 Easter donations from local school children.

Thank you so much to all of the lovely donations we received from local primary schools - we hope everyone in our community had a happy Easter.