A picture of two cheeky squirrels has brought joy to the people living at Eden View Nursing Home as it marks their first delivery from the ‘Postcards of Kindness’ scheme.

 

Home manager Judy Cable signed up Eden View, in Bottisham, Cambridge, to the benevolent project, which encourages people all over the world to send postcards to those living in residential care.

 

The initiative is designed to help combat loneliness and spark memories as postcards featuring all kinds of pictures and messages arrive at care homes.

 

Having received their first note – complete with a pair of berry-loving ground squirrels – Judy said the people supported by Eden View are looking forward to getting more mail.

 

Judy said: “We were delighted to get our first Postcard of Kindness – it’s a beauty!

 

“It meant a lot to us that Julie – who sent the card – wrote such a lovely, thoughtful message too. Everyone here thinks this is a great scheme and it helps the people we support realise there are plenty of friendly folks out in the world sending them best wishes.

 

“Now we can’t wait to see what drops through the letterbox next.”

 

The postcards don’t feature any personal details from senders, apart from their first name. Eden View’s sender Julie wrote the following message on the back of the picture, which shows the squirrels enjoying a berry lunch.

 

Julie wrote: “Hello. How cheeky do these two look pinching the fruit? Looks like they are going to have a real feast. Looks like he is saying, ‘Leave some for me’.

 

“Do you like blackberries? I do, especially blackberry jam (with scones and cream). Love Julie xx”

 

So far, over 18,000 people have signed up to the Facebook group, where senders can connect with care homes who want to receive postcards.

 

When the postcards arrive, care homes are encouraged to post photographs of their residents holding the cards to the group.

 

Swanton Care and Community is one of several care providers that has signed up for the scheme, which was launched by Your Health Ltd in 2018. When Judy found out about it, she wanted to make sure Eden View was on the list.

 

Judy said: “A simple act of kindness like this can make a real impact on the lives of the people we support.

 

“Everyone here thinks this is a wonderful scheme and we are delighted to be a part of it.”