Burnley care home residents joined by primary school students for World Book Day

Residents at a Burnley care home were joined by students from a local primary school academy last Thursday for World Book Day.

World Book Day at MHA Heather Grange care home.
World Book Day at MHA Heather Grange care home.

With children from Coal Clough Academy aged between 13 and 15 invited across to MHA Heather Grange care home for the literary celebrations, the care home's staff also dressed up as their favourite characters from literature including the scarecrow and the lion from L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.

Students Angel, Jack, and Michael also performed songs and read passages from Baum's classic novel for residents in the home's coffee bar before joining them for lunch.

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“We were delighted to share World Book Day with the students from Coal Clough – we always enjoy working closely with the local community," said Mark Quarmby, Home Manager at MHA Heather Grange. “It was great to see the interactions between young and old – they enjoyed spending time with each other, sharing their common love of storytelling, and formed some nice friendships over the course of the day.”

Alice Walters, a teacher at Coal Clough Academy, added: “Our students came away from the day having learnt so much from the residents and loved being able to share their favourite books. We’d love to come and visit the home again soon.”