RESIDENTS from a care home are asking the community to send letters in to keep their spirits up.

Kerry Hill, general manager from Latimer Court Care Home, wants people to get in touch with the residents by sending letters, postcards, jokes or drawings.

Ms Hill said: “Our residents usually enjoy being the hub of the community with visitors, volunteers, clubs and organisations coming to the home to interact with them and join in.

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“It would mean so much to all of us that, at this time, to know that the community is still thinking about the residents and doing everything they can to stay connected to us all.

“We are working hard to keep our staff and residents safe and happy while still being available for the vital care.

“So any cards, letters, jokes and stories you can send would be a great way to keep us all smiling, positive and making the best of every day.

“We want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and wishes – they mean a lot.”

Ms Hill said the residents will aim to write back to anyone who wants to keep in contact during this difficult time.

These can be mailed to the care home’s address in Darwin Avenue or, whilst people are taking their daily exercise, left in a basket in the entrance foyer or sent via email

Ms Hill added: “We have to stress that we can’t allow people into the building which is why we have the basket outside in the entrance foyer for anything dropped off by hand. We will return all communications to those would want them to help prevent isolation in the community.

“We would like to thank the children and parents in year 4 at Whittington CE primary school who are going to send in pictures and jokes. As a thank you, when we are able to, we will be hosting a tea party for the children to enjoy in the future.”

Resident Dorothy Capper said: “It’s a lovely idea. I have always enjoyed writing and will look forward to penning letters back to people.”

A community initiative has been launched where care homes invite children to ‘create a rainbow.’

The residents at Latimer Court Care Home took time this week to paint a rainbow as a message to all their loved ones, family, friends and the community.