SEAFORD – Covid-19 donation to care home

A Seaford Nursery has sent a little Easter light to the residents of a care home with whom they have a special bond.

The Blue Door Nursery, which recently celebrated 15 years of providing care to local pre-school children has since 2018 forged a special link with the local Nova House Care Home, with the children regularly going across to the home to meet, sing and play with the residents. There have been numerous studies showing the mutual benefits of toddlers and seniors spending time together.

However due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, the children have been unable to visit the home, but with a little help from another local business, the Nursery came up with a way of keeping in touch and letting the care home residents know the children were thinking of them.

As Nursery Owner Rebecca Swindells explains, “this is a scary and unprecedented time for us all, and it is particularly hard for young children who may not have a full understanding of why their routines have been changed and everything is a bit different. We have remained open for the children of key workers, but the reduction in numbers and social distancing measures we have had to put in place mean that the we have to work hard to keep nursery life as normal as possible.”

When children started asking about the residents of the care home Rebecca had an idea. “I thought although we were unable to allow the children to visit the residents, perhaps it would be good for them to know we are thinking of them, especially as they may also be facing a reduction in visitors not just from us but from friends and family too.”

The team at Blue Door set about creating an Easter Hamper to send to the residents, with the children creating Easter collages and decorating cards. Local garden centre Paradise Park donated eggs and chocolate bunnies for the care home residents to enjoy.

Once the hamper had been suitably quarantined to avoid the risk of passing infection into the home it was given to the grateful residents. Tony, the care home owner, was surprised and delighted that the children had remembered their elderly friends so kindly.

Blue Door and Paradise Park have worked together before, the garden centre having donated plants for the children’s garden in 2019, the year Blue Door celebrated 15 years operating and Paradise Park its 30th year of trading.