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Swaffham students spread some joy to vulnerable residents through team effort




Students at a market town secondary school have been taking the time to brighten up lockdown for vulnerable residents in isolation.

After an initial idea was thought up by Swaffham town councillor Judy Anscombe, the Nicholas Hamond Academy has teamed up with the town council and the Swaffham Emergency Action Group for a well-being project.

Entitled the 'Hope, Happiness and Thanks' project, the students have been making posters showing what has made them feel happy at this time of crisis.

A selection of the designs by students at the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham. Picture: SUBMITTED (35012370)
A selection of the designs by students at the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham. Picture: SUBMITTED (35012370)

These will be delivered to residents-with the intention of spreading joy-through the Swaffham Emergency Action Group, based at the White Hart pub.

Landlord Kurt Oliver said photos will be delivered to some of the most vulnerable people on their register when delivering meals to those in need.

As a demonstration of thanks to key workers, the pupils have also added their posters to a 'thank you wall' at the White Hart. A total of 200 A4, laminated posters have been displayed on the wall, described as looking "fantastic" by councillor Anscombe.

The White Hart pub landlord Kurt Oliver sanitising one of the boxes ready to be used for home delivery
The White Hart pub landlord Kurt Oliver sanitising one of the boxes ready to be used for home delivery

Mark Woodhouse, headteacher of the school, said: "It is wonderful to see our young people being creative and to think about others in these uncertain and challenging times.

"The situation many people have found themselves in over these past couple of months has been incredibly difficult and it is only natural that we want to try and help people through these testing times.

"There are lots of positive things that are happening and the work of the Swaffham Emergency Action Group has been crucial in supporting some of the isolated members of our community.

The 'Thanks Wall' at the White Hart. Picture: Judy Anscombe (35030869)
The 'Thanks Wall' at the White Hart. Picture: Judy Anscombe (35030869)

"We hope that the endeavours of our students will help bring a little bit of cheer to the people who might need it the most."

Councillor Anscombe said: "It has been a big community effort in Swaffham as there are a lot of lonely, vulnerable and isolated people out there. The plan was to get the young people to connect with them and I never expected 200 of them.

"Some of these elderly people have not seen anyone in eight weeks during lockdown so the idea was to bring a bit of cheer."

The 'Thanks Wall' at the White Hart. Picture: Judy Anscombe (35030874)
The 'Thanks Wall' at the White Hart. Picture: Judy Anscombe (35030874)

Swaffham mayor, councillor Jill Skinner said: “What a fantastic effort by the Nicholas Hamond Academy students, my fellow Councillors and all at the Emergency Response Centre.”

The White Hart's “Hart to Home” meal delivery service covers Swaffham and places further afield such as Oxborough and Watton.

All enquiries and orders can be made by emailing info@whitehartswaffham.co.uk or calling 01760724295.



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