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PHOTOS: Cornish care home issues postcard appeal

PHOTOS: Cornish care home issues postcard appeal

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:03am 21st October 2018. (Updated at 7:46am 21st October 2018)

A care home in Launceston has been asking people to send postcards of their adventures to the residents.

Care assistant Stacey Nott launched the appeal to help fight loneliness and inspire residents to remember happy memories.

The appeal has reached as far as San Diego and Australia but Stacey said that the residents equally love the cards coming from across Cornwall.

Stacey says sharing the cards with the residents is having a really positive impact, particularly for those with dementia.

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A care home in Launceston is asking for people to send postcards to help residents battle loneliness.

"I have had such lovely feedback from residents of Cedar Grange while reading some of  the amazing postcards from far and wide.

"Some have shared memories of holidays in Cornwall, honeymoons abroad and fishing trips, all thanks to seeing the pictures and kind words of people sharing their adventures and where the postcard has travelled from.

"It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to sit down with these amazing people, delve deeper into their history and share some happy memories and it's all thanks to you sending these postcards in."

Stacey Nott, Cedar Grange care home assistant


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They've received around a hundred postcards some travelling as far as Australia. 

Stacey launched the appeal in her free time and told Pirate FM she cannot quite believe the effect and response it has had.

"It keeps on giving, it might just be one postcard but every day it's one more thing that we can share with these lovely people.

"There's nothing worse than not being able to recall your own memories and getting yourself frustrated for yourself.

Just to see them interact with the postcard and it's story and then to see them be able to recall a holiday or another happy memory - just seeing their faces light up when they hear about these places is just very rewarding".

Stacey has been working with Cornwall Care to make sure the postcards trigger only positive results for residents.

They have received around a hundred cards already but are hoping people will continue to send them.

Stacey says her plan is to put them all on display so that residents can continue to enjoy them and get the most out of each and every story shared.

If you wish to send a postcard the address is:

‘The Residents’ at Cedar Grange, Cross Lanes, Lanstephan, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8FB

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