YOUNG volunteers have been entertaining elderly residents living at a Merseyside care home – and raising hundreds of pounds to send them on day trips.
Sixteen teenagers taking part in the Everton in the Community National Citizen Service (NCS) spent time at Aaron Grange Care Home, on Blacklow Brow, in Huyton.
As part of their community action project with the official charity of Everton Football Club, the group of 15-to-17-year-olds organised a traditional family fun day at the home, with cake sales, tombolas and raffles.
The day raised £262 for the residents’ fund, which helps towards activities and days out for those living at the care home.
Alongside the fundraising, one student handmade personalised bags for each resident, emblazoned with their name and a place to add facts about themselves.
To show their appreciation, residents performed a few of their favourite songs for the visitors, including “Show Me The Way to Go Home”, “You Are My Sunshine” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”.
The students reciprocated with their own singing and dancing performance, which received a round of applause from everyone at the home.
Each of them was presented with a box of chocolates and a certificate saying “Thank you for making the difference” for organising the event.
Paul Connolly, one of the NCS students, said: “I was so nervous about coming to the home and meeting the elderly residents but I’m so glad I did. I’ve loved it. Such a lovely atmosphere and everyone has made us so welcome and relaxed.”
Sarah Davies, home manager at Aaron Grange Care Home, said: “There was so much love and affection shown from the young adults and the residents absolutely loved them.
“It was great to see so many family members of both the residents and NCS students attended their fantastic family fun day. It was a huge success and raised a great amount for our residents’ fund.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to both the students and Everton in the Community for thinking of the care home for their social action project and we hope to work with them again in future.”