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Highland youngsters at school above Loch Ness spread a bit of festive cheer among elderly

By Alasdair Fraser

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Cannich Bridge Primary kids, who made cards for care home residents
Cannich Bridge Primary kids, who made cards for care home residents

KIND-HEARTED kids at a village primary school above Loch Ness have been bringing Christmas joy to care home residents.

Pupils at Cannich Bridge Primary wanted to ensure elderly folk, often hit hardest by loneliness over the festivities, were brought extra cheer through their colourful cards and friendly letters.

The effort was partly inspired by Andrea Fraser, a former Teanassie Primary pupil and now trainee lawyer in Edinburgh, who started a Scotland-wide drive to send cards to care homes.

So far this year, she has organised more than 1800 cards in the central belt and was keen to broaden the initiative to her native Highlands.

Cannich Bridge class teacher Maria Reynard, Ms Fraser’s sister, said: “Every year at Christmas our pupils send handmade cards and calendars to all senior citizens locally.

“Our doors may have been shut to the community this year, but we didn’t forget them.

“Nursery to P3 made cards for the local community and the P4-P7s decided to help Andrea’s card campaign.

“The older children also wrote an accompanying letter in the hope it would lift spirits and offer some comfort to

those lonely and cut off from family or loved ones due to Covid.”

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