School’s mural gives old people seaside views

A garden with a view after Catcote Academy pupils install  seaside mural at Queens Meadow Care Home.

A garden with a view after Catcote Academy pupils install seaside mural at Queens Meadow Care Home.

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The seaside has come into the garden for people living at a care home - thanks to kind-hearted pupils.

The schoolchildren painted a summer seaside mural for residents of Queens Meadow Care Home to enjoy.

The year 7 and 8 pupils from Catcote Academy, in Hartlepool, completed the mural as part of a garden rejuvenation project for the Stockton Road care home.

Work also involved landscaping the home’s front garden following donations from local businesses.

Paul Sowerby, RE andcitizenship teacher at the academy, organised the work. He said: “We’re really proud of our pupils for putting the time and effort into brightening up this area of the home.

“Everyone was impressed with the mural and we hope the residents enjoy their new seaside view.

“We will be back to add some more features to the garden, such as rocks and maybe a water feature, if we get the funding.”

Catcote Academy is a secondary, co-education special school for pupils with learning difficulties, including autism, sensory and physical impairments, language and communication troubles.

Liz Jones, customer relations officer for the Hill Care Group, which operates Queens Meadow Care Home, said: “The gardening project has mutual benefits for both the pupils and our residents.

“Our residents get a fantastic mural to enjoy in our recently-renovated gardens, as well as the company of the pupils when they are carrying out the work, and the young people themselves get a sense of accomplishment andpositive experience working as part of a team.

“We are extremely grateful to the school and the pupils and we can’t wait to see the finished project.”