Brownhill Learning Community School brings a ray of sunshine across the borough

Date published: 21 May 2020

The Youth Team from Brownhill Learning Community School were out last week delivering handmade, personalised hamper baskets from students to care homes for the elderly across Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton.

During Covid-19 the youth team have completed work with young people from all age groups around the dangers of the virus and also the impact it has had on many families, and different groups within society.

A spokesperson from Brownhill School said: "Whilst completing this work, the students highlighted that the elderly have been impacted the most by the virus and may be feeling frightened, lonely, sad and worried whilst unable to see their families. The pupils wanted to show that we are in this together, bring some smiles and joy and let them know we as a school are thinking about them. They also wanted to say thank you to the key workers of the care homes."

The handmade hampers went out to Oakland Care Home, Half Acre House, Langfield Care Home, Millfield Care Home, Church Walk Care Home, Springhill Hospice and Meadow View Care Home. Each home received a hamper box which included:

  • Personalised letter of hope and support to staff and residents
  • Personalised bookmarks
  • Fruit baskets
  • Collections of DVDS and books which were sanitised and cleaned by the students
  • Hand filled and decorated sweet jars
  • Handmade personalised cards
  • Wooden planters of all sizes made and decorated by the students for the care homes garden areas/ rooms or communal spaces
  • Stay safe posters for residents to put in windows
  • Motivational messages for residents and staff
  • Bouquets of flowers


Staff from Brownhill School delivered hampers and wooden planters to care homes


In response to receiving their hamper, a spokesperson from Meadow View Care Home said: "You have brought some sunshine to our home. It has really warmed our heart. Thank you."

A member of staff from Millfield Care Home said: "The residents will be delighted with the gifts that the students have made.”

A spokesperson for Brownhill School said: "This has been an amazingly rewarding gesture of appreciation from our pupils to the residents and staff of these homes. The staff are doing amazing work and their appreciation and happiness was seen in how happy they were to receive these boxes. Staff were very welcoming and this has been an amazing experience for our students to be a part of.

"This experience has acted as a start of a beautiful ongoing friendship between the Brownhill students and local care homes. Some of the care homes wanted to send thank you cards back to the students and letters of appreciation. This has been followed up with the suggestion once Covid-19 is no longer an issue the older students from Brownhill can continue to build on the friendship by starting gardening projects within care home grounds which both residents and students will maintain."

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