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Scheme set up by Combs Ford Primary School in Stowmarket creates friendship between pupil and care home resident




Lockdown has formed a newly found friendship between a care home resident and a primary school pupil.

Rosemary Seeley, 77, is a resident at Chilton Meadows Care Home in Stowmarket, and has been exchanging letters with Nadin, aged 10, after a pen pal scheme was set up by Combs Ford Primary School, where the latter is a pupil.

The school asked their pupils to send letters to the residents at the home to help combat the feeling of loneliness and isolation during lockdown.

Nadin and Rosemary developed a friendship during lockdown. Picture: Bupa
Nadin and Rosemary developed a friendship during lockdown. Picture: Bupa

The new friendship has seen Nadin take up crocheting as a way of keeping her busy while the schools were shut, with Rosemary also giving Nadin advice to help her skills.

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, Nadin, and her mother, Monica, were able to visit Rosemary and meet for the first time.

Rosemary said: "I was so surprised to see Nadin and her mother Monica, and so delighted to meet them in person finally.

"We all got a bit overwhelmed with emotion, and there were a few happy tears from everyone. It’s been a difficult year of isolation for us all at the care home, so receiving the weekly letters from Nadin really kept me going.

“My daughter lives in York, and my son is based in Michigan in America, so it’s been great to have someone to talk to who lives locally.

"We’ve also learned a lot from each other - Nadin has even taught me a bit of her mother tongue, Hungarian, which I will be practising ahead of our next catch up!”

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