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Portland Primary school write heart warming letters to Dementia Group

7 December 2020

A heart-warming story has seen pupils from Co-Op Academy Portland Primary School write letters to Tranmere Rovers in the Communitys Dementia group.

The young children decided to do this act of kindness as part of their social action project for the Premier League Primary Stars Programme, as they have been learning about the local community and the history of Wirral.

As part of the project, the children also wanted to reach out to the elderly who are feeling isolated during this time so TRIC asked the pupils to write the letters to those who take part in our Dementia group as part of the Tackling Loneliness Together programme.

In the letters, the children asked how they are, how they are coping through lockdown, alongside asking what it was like growing up and how things have changed throughout the years.

The task proved to be an excellent opportunity not only for the children to improve their writing skills  and make a positive impact on someones life but also to make those isolated at this time feel connected.

Moving forward, the children from Portland Primary will keep in regular dialogue with the Dementia group via pen pal, and we look forward to seeing how the relationship grows.

Faye Jones, from Tranmere Rovers in the Community, said: We identified this as a perfect opportunity to bring the children and the dementia group together to have a positive impact on all involved.

“It is great the young children can engage with the elderly, and it was a brilliant way of bringing various generations together during this difficult time.

“The children were wonderful and wrote some lovely letters and asked a number of interesting questions. It gave the elderly people the opportunity to reply to the letters and reminisce about their lives and when they grew up.”

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