Pupils take residents down memory lane

St Budeaux pupil Sophie with Freshfields resident

Pupils from a Plymouth primary school have helped bring back some fond memories for people living with dementia.

The youngsters from St Budeaux Foundation School sang war-time favourites including ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’ to residents at Camelot Care’s Freshfields home.

“The moment they started singing, residents’ faces really lit up. It was really magical to see,” said Freshfields’ activities’ co-ordinator Paul Hutt.

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“For many of our residents, it took them back to when they were young and helped rekindle some of the lovely patriotic war-time spirit of the era.”

After the concert, which included other war-time songs, including the ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ and ‘We’ll meet again’, youngsters sat and talked with people living at the home.

The event was run by Reminisce Learning, a West Country-based charity that aims to promote, maintain and improve activity and education by working with people with dementia.

“It was a chance for our residents to have contact with young people and all the excitement and energy they bring,” added Paul.

“We hope the project will help break down the fear attached to the illness by enabling young people to understand the condition and how it affects people.”

Freshfields is a Swedish-designed, purpose-built, registered care home providing nursing care for up to 37 people living with dementia.

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