Hand-made bunny hats help Easter celebrations at a Rotherham care home

By Michael Upton | 19/04/2017

Hand-made bunny hats help Easter celebrations at a Rotherham care home
Anne Mellors (76), Barbara Howley (89), and Emily Timmins (94) enjoy the visit from the schoolchildren.

CHILDREN made a “head start” on Easter celebrations when they visited a care home to perform seasonal songs resplendent in hand-made bunny hats.

The Grove Care Centre in Thurnscoe welcomed pupils from the Highgate Primary Academy in Nicholas Lane in Goldthorpe.

The pupils and pensioners are bridging the generation gap through a special friendship between the school and the home.

Children have put on a Christmas concert at the home for the past five years - and this year added an Easter visit to their itinerary.

Sixty pupils spent an hour singing Easter songs and performing mimes for residents at the home in Thurnscoe Bridge Lane.

They were each given an Easter egg and a drink of fruit juice to enjoy in the home’s gardens after the event.

Children wore cardboard hats with Easter bunny ears and residents donned Easter bonnets they had decorated during craft sessions at the home.

The home’s manager, Elsa Booysen, said: “Our residents absolutely love the children’s visits.

“We normally have a visit from the children at Christmas when they sing carols and we were delighted when the school asked if they could come to see us at Easter as well.

“The children are so well-behaved and we have told the school they are always welcome. 

“Our residents decorated Easter bonnets for the occasion and the children looked so cute in their own hats they had made at school.

“Some of our staff have children at the school and we feel there is a special friendship between us.”

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