Veterans and toddlers share festive fun

Royal Star and Garter residents enjoying the toddlers antics at Hartbeeps class

With Christmas just around the corner, disabled veterans at The Royal Star & Garter Homes welcomed babies and toddlers to a fun-filled, Christmas themed multi-sensory class held at the Charity’s Solihull Home.

Residents were invited to join in the festive fun alongside the youngsters. The class was run by Hartbeeps, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Solihull Home and the local group to help bring generations together.

The class focussed on the fun and joy of the Christmas season, with children taking a ride to the North Pole on a sleigh before receiving their ‘Sleigh License’ and snowballs from The Royal Star & Garter Homes very own Santa and Elf. Everyone wore Christmas clothing to embrace the spirit of the season.

This was the third Hartbeeps session hosted by The Royal Star & Garter Homes. Classes have proven to be a huge success with residents, who enjoy the youthful fun and energy of the children. The Solihull Home will begin to host regular music and sensory classes for babies and toddlers in the New Year.

Nicola Wicks, Owner of Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull and Henley in Arden Franchise, was touched by this special moment when she was hosting the class, “I was nearly brought to tears as I heard a gentleman singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ behind me. I looked round and had his eyes closed whilst holding someone’s hand. Just magical!”

Andy Cole, Chief Executive of The Royal Star & Garter Homes commented, “It was touching to see such wonderful interaction between our residents and the children, everyone was smiling and having a really good time. We are very excited about the relationship between The Royal Star & Garter Homes and Hartbeeps, and we look forward to working together to help build relationships between the younger and older generations.”