It’s been a tough year for everyone - and our residents at our care home in Lowestoft have certainly felt the effects of the lockdown. So, when students of East Coast College created and sent ‘kindness postcards’ in a bid to raise spirits and spread smiles, you can only imagine how delighted our residents were! The kindness postcards included drawings, motivational quotes, and heartfelt messages designed to spread smiles during isolation. Amongst the 30 handmade postcards sent to our care home in Lowestoft were messages of reassurance, encouragement, and appreciation, as well as wishes of sunshine and happiness for all. The local students, aged 16-18, had spent time with our residents prior to the pandemic as part of their work experience and had enjoyed bonding with them. Discussing the project, Carrie Doddington, a tutor at East Coast College, said: “The last 12 months have been difficult for everybody, but especially so for care home residents who have been unable to see their family for long periods. Our students wanted to do whatever they could to spread some smiles, so they came up with the postcard project, which we hope will help keep spirits high at The Dell.” Pupil Chloe Peters (aged 16), who came up with the idea, said: “The residents at The Dell are very special to us. We’ve been lucky enough to spend time with them in the past and they were always so welcoming and friendly; smiling, singing, and offering to tell us stories about their lives. Although we can’t visit at the moment, we wanted them to know that they're in our thoughts and we hope that by receiving one of our postcards, they'll know how loved and appreciated they are”. Daniella Penedo, our assistant manager at the day centre, said: “For the staff and pupils at East Coast College to think of us as recipients for their kindness postcards is wonderful. The residents have been blown away by the lovely gesture, and to know that someone has taken the time out of their day to send loving thoughts, has made them feel very special. We’re very grateful to East Coast College, as well as other members of the public, who've helped ensure our residents feel connected to the local community at this time of isolation.” Following the success of the postcards, the students are now working on their next project, which will see them create a ‘Happy Memories’ jigsaw puzzle for the residents to enjoy at our care home in Lowestoft. We can’t wait to receive them! We were delighted to be included in such a wonderful project, and we’re incredibly grateful to the students for their efforts in spreading a little sunshine throughout our home. Hopefully, it won’t be long until we can welcome them back to visit in person! If you’d like to find out more about us and our care, take a few minutes to browse our website. Alternatively, take a look at our previous article to read more about our vaccine journey.