FOR the elderly, Christmas can be a lonely time of year.
But children at Cams Hill School in Fareham raised more than £3,000 to provide a fun afternoon for around 100 people from local care homes.
The project has been run by Year 8 pupils for several years.
The Cams Community Choir sang songs and pupils at the school then took part in a sing-along with the residents.
Headteacher David Wilmot said: ‘It’s something that I set up a few years ago. It’s got better every year.
‘The pupils and staff really embrace it.
‘For some of the residents, this is all they will do for Christmas.
‘They don’t see people, they don’t go out.
‘They may not have relatives and they might not have something else to look forward to.’
Lucketts provided free coaches to transport residents from their homes to the school.
Sainsbury’s also helped out with donations.
Mr Wilmot added: ‘The children and the staff did a fantastic job.
‘We have people from 12 years old to 90. How wonderful for them to come together.
‘The young people here are brilliant. They have responded to this and I am proud of them.’
Children took part in activities throughout this term to raise the money.
These included baking and selling cakes and washing cars.
Eliza Prescott, 13, said: ‘It’s nice that these people got to come out and have a little celebration for Christmas.
‘Some of them don’t come out as much in the winter because it’s cold. It’s nice for them to come and enjoy some singing.’
Chloe Wayne-Morris, 12, added: ‘It’s nice that the older people got to come out and socialise and have an afternoon talking with their friends. I enjoyed it.’
Gail Gregory is activities co-ordinator at The Red House care home.
She said: ‘It’s fantastic. They always do a lovely job.
‘We have been coming for at least seven years. It seems to get better and better.
‘They all have dementia so the singing is a big part for all of them.’
All of the elderly people were each provided with a goody bag and they also had refreshments in the school’s canteen, provided by the children.