Primary pupils bring festive cheer to care homes

Woodburn P5s at Rosehill nursing home

School children from across Midlothian are on a mission to decorate donated Christmas trees in the grounds of the community hospital and every care home in the county.

Santa's little helpers

The primary pupils, including the P5s from Woodburn Primary pictured at Rosehill care home in Dalkeith, will be Santa’s little helpers as part of a new initiative by Midlothian Council.

Making the season merrier

Council Leader Councillor Derek Milligan said: “We wanted to make the festive season just a bit merrier for care home residents and people in the community hospital.

Joint effort

“Thanks so much to everyone who has made this possible, including our schools, health and social care and our land and countryside staff members.

A year like no other

“Hopefully watching the children decorate the tree will lift the spirits at the end of a year like no other.”

Tree and lights donated

The trees have been donated by Will Muir, of The Smiddy Farm Shop, Blair Drummond, Stirling. The Christmas tree lights are being donated by Bonnyrigg Community Events Committee and the trees will be decorated by school children from across the county.  

A treat for Rosehill residents

Rosehill Manager Annmarie Meikle said: “The residents have been confined since March so this is simply marvellous. Just to see the children and to watch them decorating the tree is super.”

Rosehill’s Sister Jean Lawson, pictured with three P5s from Woodburn, said the residents had been so looking forward to the day.

A Christmas 'sing-along'

Having decorated the tree, the pupils, who are not allowed to sing because of the coronavirus restrictions, treated the residents instead to ‘a sign-along’ to three Christmas favourite tunes, White Christmas, Silent Night and Merry Christmas Everyone, all played over loudspeakers.

Much appreciated 

By the sounds of the applause afterwards, the residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

In the picture are three Woodburn P5 pupils with Sister Jean Lawson of Rosehill care home.  

14 Dec 2020