Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill
Haskins Garden Centre and Alzheimer's Society encourage local school to design Christmas cards for those with dementia

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society to encourage children at Fairway Infant School to create Christmas cards for people with dementia.

Children at Fairway Infant School in Copthorne have been busy making and writing their Christmas cards, which were presented to people with dementia at Alzheimer’s Society’s Christmas Carol Concert at St Margaret’s Church in Crawley on Thursday December 14.

The campaign was a joint collaboration between Haskins Garden Centre and Alzheimer’s Society, the Snowhill garden centre’s nominated charity of the year. Every child that designed and wrote a Christmas card was given a cuddly toy reindeer from Haskins Garden Centre as a thank you for helping tackle the loneliness and isolation some people with dementia feel over the festive period.

The children were encouraged to include their name and age within the Christmas card and there was a slip inside the card in case anybody wants to write back to the designer.

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill
Husband and wife Bill and Margaret Wilkins with Tim Wilkins, Alzheimer’s Society Service User Involvement Officer

Elisa Vaughan, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager for Sussex, said: “Some of our research has uncovered that over half of people affected by dementia (51%) find Christmas to be the most isolating time of the year, with many stating they are dreading the festivities. That’s why we thought, working with Fairway Infant School and Haskins Garden Centre, we could help tackle the loneliness some people with dementia feel.”

David Lilly, centre manager at Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill, commented: “We are honoured to be donating 60 toy reindeers to the children at Fairway Infant School for their beautiful Christmas card designs. The children were asked to create a Christmas card to help put a smile on someone’s face and in turn, we hope our reindeers will bring a smile to the children’s faces.”

Emma Singleton, year one teacher at Fairway Infant School, commented: “The children have been having a different kindness challenge in the lead up to Christmas and as part of this they created cards for people with dementia. They have really loved making the cards and concentrated so hard to create them – they really wanted to help. I think they love their reindeers from Haskins.”

Haskins Garden Centre Snowhill is located in Copthorne, Crawley. Visit www.haskins.co.uk for more information.

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