School children make Christmas cards for the elderly

School children across Calderdale have been busy in the past few weeks making Christmas cards for elderly people to spread some festive cheer.

According to the Age UK website almost a million older people say they feel lonelier at Christmas and half a million older people can go up to a week without seeing or speaking to anyone.

With the start of the second national lockdown, Home Instead Calderdale, the company that provides at-home care to the elderly has teamed up with local primary schools, Age UK Calderdale, Memory Lane Cafe, as well as churches, community groups and pharmacies to launch a Santa-gram campaign, to help relieve some of the loneliness felt by older people.

The Santa-gram campaign involves children at local primary schools creating Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks, puzzles or writing a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to their day.  The Santa-grams will be delivered to elderly people during the week beginning 14 December.

Home Instead is planning to deliver the ‘Santa-grams’ from 14 to 18 December.   If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive a Santa-gram contact Home Instead Calderdale on 01422 292424 or email

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