NOW MORE THAN EVER, NO ONE SHOULD HAVE NO ONE, SAY PUPILS OF THE QUEEN’S SCHOOL
Before Christmas 2020 and with the country in the throws of the coronavirus pandemic, pupils here at The Queen’s School pledged to support the older generation by helping to raise funds for local charity, Age UK Cheshire.
After learning about the chronic loneliness that many older people experience at Christmas, the pupils decided to take action and made contact with local older people’s charity Age UK Cheshire. Hearing about the hard work that the charity does to help relieve the isolation and despair felt by so many people, the girls were inspired to get creative about their fundraising efforts.
The pupils (and even a teacher or two!) filmed pieces of music, poetry, jokes and dance that were then used in a digital advent calendar with the charity revealing a new clip each day in the run up to Christmas and encouraging people to donate to help them continue their work. The Cheshire-based charity estimates that over 138,000 older people in the North West would be expected to feel lonely over the Christmas.
Sue Wallace-Woodroffe, Headmistress of The Queen's School said that children at the school are encouraged to give back to society throughout their school life and beyond and that this culture of kindness was something both she and the girls are proud of. She said: “Family, community, a genuine commitment to giving back and wanting to help others has always underpinned who we are and what we do at Queen’s. So, as we entered into another lockdown where many people will feel alone or isolated yet again, we wanted to do something that would help bring awareness to Age UK’s important message. This is part of a larger school initiative where we will be partnering with care homes and charitable organisations both in Chester and beyond to develop a long term relationship that sees our pupils from all year groups connect with people living in care homes and local residents to make a real difference in their lives.’