Heathlands Village residents have joined a new pen pal scheme organised by small UK-based business Greyling Post.
Heathlands Village residents are channelling their inner Ernest Hemmingway, thanks to a unique initiative from UK greeting-card company, Greyling Post. Five residents living at the Prestwich care home have begun writing to newly-introduced pen pals, through a scheme described by staff as “heart-warming”.
Lucy Edwards, The Fed’s trusts, foundations and bids fundraiser, explains: “I came across Greyling Post when I was actually looking for birthday cards to buy! They are a small company who have come up with a wonderful way of alleviating loneliness and boredom.
Every time they sell a pack of cards, they put one pack aside. After 20 packs have been saved, they are parcelled up and sent to care homes across the UK.
We received a huge box full of cards – what a kind thing to do, and a small gesture that means the world to others.”
Sydney Ellman, a Moorview House tenant, is one member of the group who has begun writing cards: “It’s nice to have someone to send a card to,” he said, “and I’ll be happy to get one back.”
Jennifer Berger, activity centre deputy manager, agreed: “We got in contact with Broughton House, who gave us the names of four gentlemen who had expressed interest in receiving mail from our residents. Once it gets off the ground, I would like to extend this project and get residents writing to care homes far and wide – receiving a lovely handwritten letter can really brighten up someone’s day.”
Mia Hague, director of Greyling Post, said, “The scheme is a thoughtful way of making a difference – and if any other care homes would appreciate some cards, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”