‘Christmas spirit alive’ as care home sent 3,000 cards and gifts after appeal


Residents at a care home in Jarrow received thousands of Christmas cards and letters from as far away as New York (Picture: North News and Pictures)

It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year – cherished company, delicious food and reasons to be merry.

However, for many elderly, the holidays are the most lonely and dreaded instead.

This year, the feeling has also been amplified by the aftermath of 2020’s lost Christmas, which saw most care home residents spending the day on their own in a bid to protect them from Covid-19.

In an unexpected turnout, a heartwarming winter campaign has seen thousands of cards being sent to one lucky care home.

Roseway House, in Jarrow, South Tyneside, launched an appeal last month asking for festive wishes to cheer up its residents.

Since then, an abundance of cards and gifts have been delivered to the home from as far afield as New York.

Dawn Lyon, lifestyle support lead at Roseway House, said: ‘Our Christmas card appeal exceeded any expectations we had – to date our residents have received over 3,000 cards and tokens of good wishes.

Roseway House resident Jean Dougal with some of the cards, alongside support worker Pauline Fraser (Picture: North News and Pictures)
Carer Emma Barker revealed that residents have been delighted to receive cards from across the world (Picture: North News and Pictures)

‘The response to our appeal has been amazing. Our local community, as well as those further afield, have shown us that their Christmas spirit is alive and strong no matter what is going on and it has really touched us here at Roseway House.’

Their post box has been full almost every day and carer Emma Barker revealed that residents have been delighted to receive cards from across the world.

She added: ‘Our residents have been delighted to receive cards from across the UK and beyond, with well-wishes coming from as far away as New York.

‘On behalf of all of the residents and staff at Roseway House, we want to say a huge thank you to each and every person who has responded to our appeal – it’s been truly heartwarming.’

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