Christmas cards delivered to Catterick’s elderly

Children and staff at Hipswell primary School hand over their cards to PCSO Randall.

Christmas cards created by children have been delivered to Catterick Garrison’s elderly.

At the beginning of December PCSO Nicole Randall, in conjunction with local schools and nurseries, launched a Christmas card appeal in a bid to deliver as many Christmas cards as possible to care homes in the town.

More than 900 hand made cards and gifts were received.

They were received from children at:

  • Le Cateau Community Primary School
  • Carnagill Primary School
  • Hipswell Church of England Primary School
  • Wavell Infant and Junior School
  • Cambria Primary School
  • Colburn Primary School
  • Banana Moon Day Nursery
  • Welcome Nurseries Catterick Garrison
  • White Rabbit Preschool
  • Jigsaw Childcare

Cards were also put in a postbox at Tesco Catterick Garrison.

PCSO Randall, with help from her colleague PCSO Paul Fee, delivered the cards and gifts to all Catterick care homes and sheltered housing yesterday.

PCSO 6812 Nicole Randall said: “The pandemic has affected elderly residents who live in care homes, and still continues to do so, and it was important now more than ever that we pulled together as a community to show them that they do matter, they’ve not been forgotten and they are valued.

“The festive period can be a lonely time for those with no family and friends to celebrate with, opening a Christmas card can fill you with warmth, excitement and a feeling of belonging.

“With safety measures still in place and children not able to attend the care homes to sing carols to the residents, I knew I had to do something so that the children could still make a difference, and bring some festive cheer to the residents at this time of year.

“The residents were overwhelmed with joy and couldn’t thank all involved enough, it really has made their Christmas brighter this year.”