Thornaby care home foster scheme labelled ‘huge success’

A TEESSIDE care home has pared some of its residents with nursery children as part of a new scheme that has been branded a “huge success”.

Residents at Mandale House Care Home in Thornaby have been paired with youngsters from Cheeky Monkees in Stockton as part of a foster a grandparent scheme.

Despite an age gap of over 90 years between some of the pairings, the adoptee grandparents have been receiving letters from the children who have written about their likes and dislikes.

Four-year-old Jacob was paired with Brenda Turner, 90, who has three children and lots of grandchildren of her own.

She said: “They are so clever to send us these letters . They bring tears to my eyes and fill me with laughter at the same time, Jacob is so lovely.

Sarah Robinson, activities coordinator at Mandale House Care Home, said: “The foster a grandparent scheme all started with a profile being given to the nursery of five residents.

“Each child then picked the grandparent they wanted to foster.”

The Northern Echo | Teesside