School help Hitchin care home celebrate Christmas

TWO generations came together to celebrate Christmas, with school pupils putting on a party for residents at a care home.

Hitchin Boys’ School students invited residents at Elmside Care Home to a party, with food, entertainment and drinks.

Around 15 pupils from Year 7 to sixth form attended, as well as 30 care home residents.

It was the idea of geography teacher Emily Christou, who wanted to bring the neighbours together.

Clare Lawson, volunteer coordinator at Elmside, said: “Residents really enjoyed the party and commented on how polite and engaging the boys were.

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“It was heartwarming to look around the room and see so many boys and elderly residents locked in conversation, plus the boys commented on how interesting it was to hear their stories.”

The school band and choir both performed to residents, and other students read out poetry. Residents also joined in with some carols.

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The event was held in the school building which was decorated by students. They also used their food technology department to create party food for their guests.

“The party was a great success and we are hoping to make it an annual event,” added Clare.

“Many thanks to the boys and to all the wonderful Elmside volunteers who helped to get the residents there.”

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