Artistic Coventry school children raise the spirits of coronavirus patients

Coventry schoolchildren have been designing and creating get well soon cards by hand to raise the spirits of coronavirus patients.

Compassionate children at a Coventry primary school are trying to raise the spirits of coronavirus patients by hand-making get-well cards for them.

Pupils at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, have been making the cards during the school day if they are coming in because they are the children of key workers.

All year groups have been taking part in designing and creating the cards by hand, which are full of well-wishes for those in hospital fighting coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cards have also been written for patients in hospital who are banned from having visitors due to their vulnerability to the disease.

The cards will be delivered to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) every Friday, and it is hoped more cards can be delivered to other hospitals too.

Laurie Jackson, Year 5 teaching assistant at Ss Peter and Paul, has been overseeing the card-making and has been really impressed with the pupils’ enthusiasm.

She said: “All the pupils who have been coming into school really want to help make these cards – they may be young, but they are all aware of what coronavirus is and why it’s so serious.

“When we told them about making cards to cheer up patients, they were all very keen to take part because they wanted to try and make a little difference.

“We’ll be making cards each week, and every pupil who comes into school will have a chance to make their own.

“It’s fantastic to see how enthusiastic our pupils are about doing this. It’s so important in times like these to focus on our Catholic values of being compassionate and loving, and our pupils are showing these qualities in spades.”

The idea to create get-well cards initially came from one pupil whose mother and father work at UHCW.

After hearing from her parents about the many coronavirus patients recovering in intensive care, she wanted to try and cheer them up.

Her father then said he would be able to take the cards to UHWC every week for the patients to have at their bedsides.

Since then, Ss Peter and Paul have been looking at trying to deliver to other hospitals, such as George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, and Warwick Hospital.

Ss Peter and Paul’s Principal, Lorraine Stanton, added: “We’d like to share our pupils’ message of goodwill as far and wide as we can.

“We’re so proud of our pupils for caring about others above themselves in this crisis, and we hope their cards bring a little bit of cheer to those recovering from COVID-19 in hospital, or elderly patients who can’t receive visitors.

 “We’re all in this together, so I’m delighted our pupils have taken such a positive step to help cheer people up.”