A group of Cheltenham College pupils hosted residents from Heathercroft Care Home in Cheltenham for afternoon tea at Ashmead this week. The pupils served them tea and talked about their plans ahead of their forthcoming exams. They also treated the residents to a short video of the College production of Les Misérables, to the residents delight!
During the last year, pupils have been completing lots of different activities with the residents, including playing charades, violin recitals, who’s who, card making and Cluedo, as well as hosting them at choral evensongs and the carol service. Most recently, they have been helping the residents to weed their garden, which has been hugely appreciated.
Katie Stanton (U6, A), who has been visiting the care home for the past three years, said, “I have learnt so much from the residents of Heathercroft and it has been a joy to be able to help. I will really miss my weekly visits and the residents”. Mrs Sarah Ramsay who has been running the placement since it began said, “It is rewarding to see how close the relationships have grown between the residents of Heathercroft and the pupils. This is all down to the dedication of the pupils and their willingness to put in the time and care. I feel privileged to have been part of something so special from the beginning”. Mrs Ramsay also wanted to thank committee member, Mrs Margaret Winterbourne, for the warm, caring way in which she had made the pupils of College feel so welcome at Heathercroft.