Residents and schoolchildren engage in inter-generational project at Rathmore House


The boys of Hereward House School join in craft activities with Rathmore House residents

A group of Camden-based schoolboys have entertained and supported care residents as part of C&C's inter-generational project, bringing young and elderly members of the local community together.

A group of 20 boys aged 8 and 9 years old from Hereward House School in Hampstead took the very short walk across to Rathmore House on Thursday 28 April.  They sang and played songs including Yellow Submarine in order to entertain residents, and joined in with arts and crafts.

And despite the age gap of over 80 years in many cases, both residents and youngsters enjoyed the occasion tremendously.

“The visit from the school was really welcomed by residents, providing us with great company” said long-time Rathmore resident John Beaver, 81.

“It would be fantastic now if the kids were able to visit us on a regular basis, to allow us to get to know each other better and interact more.”

“It was magical watching the boys work with the residents!” said Ben Aarons, Head of Music at Hereward House.

“So many of the boys have expressed how much they enjoyed the visit and how they would love to do it again.”

The inter-generational visit from Hereward House was the last in a series of events held across C&C’s two Camden care homes to mark Easter this year.

These included the Camden Town Community Choir and singer Franz Black visiting Compton Lodge, the Fab Boys performing at Rathmore, and both homes enjoying a ‘songbook concert’ from the Royal Albert Hall’s in-house band.

Residents took part in decorating the homes for Easter, and are now looking forward to enjoying the home’s magnificent gardens with BBQs, Jubilee parties and birthdays to enjoy over the summer months.

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Some of the artwork created during the visit

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