A class from Etchells Primary School, who participate in our Premier League Primary Stars programme, have been creating a box filled with colourful postcards and drawings, with positive messages aimed to cheer up patients and staff.
Six pupils from Class 4MM walked the short journey to the hospice, delivering the box to members of staff who greeted them in the communal garden.
Stjon Clement, School Sports Coach for CITC, has been working with the class on the project, and believes it has had a big impact on the children and their outlook on the local community.
He said: “They’ve had a really big push on helping the community within with this social action project, and it has been a massive eye opener for the children. It’s really inspiring to see how many of them are interacting with it and getting fully involved.
“This has been a massive opportunity for all of them to know how to put a smile on people’s faces, how to make people happy, and be that difference within their own community."
CITC deliver social action projects across a range of programmes to enable and empower pupils to address an identified social need within their community.
Staff choose to support vulnerable people who are close to our partner schools, to bring people together in what has been a very tough year.
Class teacher Helen Macfarlane says that the project has been an important learning experience for her pupils.
She added: “I think it’s really important for them to think about other people outside of the school environment, and especially at this time to think about carers and doctors and nurses and all of the staff who help people at a hospice or hospital.
After receiving the box, staff at St. Ann’s Hospice delivered the contents to their patients, with the aim to lift spirits on the ward following a difficult year during the pandemic.
Anne-Marie Wynne, Head of Fundraising and Capital Campaign at St. Ann’s Hospice, commented: “For our patients, they’ve not had as many visitors as they would usually.
"To know that the children in the school area have been drawing pictures, sending messages, it will just really brighten up their day.”