By Kelly Wickham
Lonely residents in a Chichester care home have been cheered up by the general public from a safe distance.
As movement restrictions from the government have tightened, Colten Care’s Chichester home, Wellington Grange, has moved from advising relatives to ‘think twice’ about coming in to halting non-essential visits altogether.
Friends, families and community contacts have immediately responded by sending in letters, postcards, emails, photos and drawings.
Team members at Wellington Grange say they have been inundated with goodwill wishes after a Facebook message by healthcare assistant Natalie Agate received more than 2,200 shares, 200 likes and around 150 comments.
Natalie wrote: “As our home is closed to the public, we have many vulnerable residents who are missing their families dearly.
“Please could I ask for children, whatever age, to reach out and send letters or pictures to them?
“This one act of kindness will bring such joy and support to us and our residents.”
The post prompted Chichester Festival Theatre to offer to send Wellington Grange pre-recorded video clips of its youth theatre performances to be screened in the residents’ lounge and Chichester’s Bishop Luffa School pledged to invite pupils to write and send in 100 letters to the home.
Natalie’s colleague, Emily Hudson, senior companionship team leader, said: “The residents have been overwhelmed with the amount of kindness and love they have received.
“This is a lovely example of a local community coming together and supporting those more vulnerable and isolated during this time. It has all come from just one Facebook post, which is incredible.”
To get involved, send your post to: Wellington Grange, Broyle Road, Chichester PO19 6ED.