A SENIOR care business has been working with local primary schools to help the elderly this Christmas.

Home Instead in Sale and Altrincham have launched its fifth annual Be a Santa to a Senior campaign, and several local schools have joined in, creating Christmas cards for the elderly in the community.

Children from year 4 at Heyes Lane Primary School in Timperley designed cards which will go alongside gifts donated and collected by Home Instead. The cards, designed as a stand-up Christmas jumper, have all been personalised by each child with their own Kenning poem.

The Year 7s from Wellington School in Timperley held a Christmas card competition and Home Instead were on hand this week to choose a winner. Ines Starbuck won the competition and her card will be printed to go alongside the donated gifts. Home Instead are also going to use Ines’ design for their own Christmas cards this year.

Deputy Head Teacher, Elizabeth Copeland said: As part of our 80th anniversary celebrations, Wellington School were given the opportunity by Home Instead Senior Care to take part in a Christmas card competition. The whole of year 7 were invited to enter the competition, and although a winner has been selected, the entries were so brilliant that they will all be sent with presents to go out to the elderly.”

Alan Savage, owner of Home Instead Altrincham and Sale commented on the school's involvement.

He said: “Thank you so much to Heyes Lane Primary School, Wellington Road School, Altrincham College of Arts, and Broomwood Primary School for supporting our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign.

“It is heart-warming to see the community banding together to support our very own elderly community members, and we know that the donated gifts and homemade cards will make a big difference to those who might be lonely at this time of year. We are doing what we can to make this Christmas special for as many people as possible.”