Horsendale Primary School children and celebrity Sherrie Hewson entertain care home residents with their stories

Children from Horsendale Primary School make regular visits to their local Acer Court Care Home in Nuthall to read stories with, or to, the residents there.

But their latest visit during World Book Day events held an extra special surprise as celebrity and much-loved star, Sherrie Hewson joined the children to share stories with the residents.

Sherrie said that she had enjoyed the visit, and particularly the stories the children created and read aloud. She said, “I am an Ambassador for Avery Healthcare and as such frequently pay visits to their care homes. I am pleased that today, we have been able to share some time with children from Horsendale Primary School who have come dressed as their favourite characters from stories.”

Pupil Summer Lewis (age 9) read her story aloud and said, “My story was about a naughty boy. When he was naughty, his mum used to threaten him by saying she would take him to Miss Hallows house, and he thinks that her house is really scary! But eventually, when he does finally go there, he discovers it isn’t scary at all! I really can’t believe that Sherrie has listened to my story, -that was amazing!”

Sherrie says that a love of books and reading should be a source of joy for all ages. “I am so passionate about books and reading and I have a house filled with books. I think it is so important that children develop their own love of reading and of writing too. Not necessarily just using technology; but real books and writing on paper too!

“It is a wonderful skill to encourage in children; to be able to use their imagination to create stories in their heads. Listening to the children’s stories today was a joy, its great to know that children are still so creative. I thought the children were wonderful, and their stories and their reading ability was fantastic.”

Photograph: Sherrie Hewson, Sean Timms as White Rabbit (Acer Court Care Assistant) with Esme, Charlie and Ne’Veah.

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