Bringing Young & Old Together in Summerhill
Third Age, Summerhill, was delighted to be associated with an initiative to bring young and old together this Easter, in which young artists took time to send greeting cards to surrogate grandparents locally.
Rosemary Keogh, Administrative Assistant, Third Age was contacted by Paddy Mulreid, Trim, asking if local members would like to receive a surprise Easter card. His young players aged from six to 12 in Summerhill Soccer Club were writing messages and signing their names on Easter cards to older residents. ‘The children wanted to give something back to the community and put a smile on the face of some older residents living alone’ said Rosemary.
The club distributed over 80 handmade cards with the help of adult volunteers. ‘Our members were delighted, and the children have been receiving great feedback since Easter Sunday, congratulating them on a job well done. This is one of many actions bringing communities together that are happening right now’, said Rosemary.
An Post – Come Together Write Now
An Post’s initiative to distribute postcards to every household is bringing happiness and connection to many. In Summerhill, Third Age Administrative Assistant Maeve Carton saw an opportunity for more contact with members. She picked up surplus cards from Kilcock Post Office, and was assisted by Summerhill postman Padraig Gill who supplied some more. Maeve’s Third Age colleague, Rosemary Keogh asked her Longwood postwoman, Geraldine Geraghty for the extra that were needed. With co-operation all roundm 80 cards went out to each Third Age member. ‘The message was simple. We told them we missed them, We hope they are staying safe and well, and said should they need us, we are only a phone call away’, said Rosemary.