Storytelling for young and old

Pupils read their short stories to residents at Bedford Care Home in Battersby Street Leigh. Pupils Mackensie Parker and Holly Sudworth read with resident Mavis Grundy.
Pupils read their short stories to residents at Bedford Care Home in Battersby Street Leigh. Pupils Mackensie Parker and Holly Sudworth read with resident Mavis Grundy.

PUPILS from a Leigh secondary school shared their love of the written word with elderly residents in a care home as part of a themed storytelling week.

The 10 Year 7 pupils from Bedford High School read stories residents at Bedford Nursing Home had written about their favourite books, before chatting to them about reading and literature.

The visit was arranged as part of the Big 12 events organised each year by BUPA, which sets out a programme of events for residential homes with a different theme each month.

The books discussed ranged from Harry Potter to The Railway Children to stories about the Second World War.

Valerie Hilton, one of the home’s activity co-ordinators, said: “It went really well. The residents love welcoming young people to the home, and the children seemed to enjoy their visit and interacted well with the residents.”