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Care home staff in tears after school children visit to sing them Christmas carols

 EXCLUSIVE Children from Walkley Primary School in Sheffield visited Northfield Nursing home and handed out some gifts to hard-working staff

Care home staff ended up in floods of tears after school children popped over to sing Christmas carols to the workers and their residents.Residents beamed with joy as they watched the group of children from Walkley Primary School from behind the windows at Northfield Nursing home in Sheffield.The youngsters from Year Six also handed over small gifts and personalised cards to the residents.Staff at Northfield Nursing Home in Sheffield were hit hard by the pandemic this year as they battled to keep residents safe.

It is one of two care homes run by Palms Row Health Care in Sheffield. The third recently closed down because of the effects of Covid-19.At the height of the pandemic the three homes saw a total of 25 people die of coronavirus as the virus swept through the homes.But this week their elderly residents beamed with joy as they watched the group of children from Walkley Primary School from behind their windows at Northfield Nursing home in Sheffield.

The youngsters from Year Six also handed over small gifts and personalised cards to the residents.Nicola Richards from Palm Row Healthcare said: “It was lovely, they brought presents and cards for the residents. Some of the staff were in tears.“The residents had laminated cards to say ‘sounds beautiful’ and ‘thank you’. They were all singing in the dining room afterwards.“The spirit even when they were gone, they were all really happy.“It’s really generous of the school what they’ve done. It was really uplifting.

“Staff were really emotional about it, they said they could not stop crying. They did three songs and the staff were singing with them.“The residents were all in the conservatory area and the gazebo into the garden and the children were all under the gazebo area with the teachers.”Their teacher, Jenna Leverton, said: “It was so nice to see the residents.“To see them singing along with smiles on their faces was lovely. And the carers because it has not been easy for them.“It was nice for the children to see. We did a talk before with the children to explain they won’t be with their families for Christmas.

“It really hit home with the children because they are quite a sensitive group of 10 year old.“The children said it was nice to see the residents joining in and smiling.They were buzzing.All the children wrote a card and in the centre was a heart and a message.Most of them wrote things like; ‘We know Christmas is different for you this year but we hope this message brings you some festive cheer.”