BURLEY Hall Bupa Care Home in Ilkley has put out a festive plea to the local community to send in messages of goodwill to residents this Christmas.

Opening a Christmas card can fill you with warmth, excitement and the feeling of belonging, which is why the care home on Cornmill Lane is calling on its local community to help residents feel more connected this Christmas.

Hoping to end the year on a cheerful note, the cards received will be opened by residents and placed around the home for everyone to read and enjoy the kind messages shared. Knowing that people are thinking of them will bring comfort and joy to the residents of Burley Hall.

Julie Robinson, Home Manager at Burley Hall Bupa Care Home, said: “The tradition of sending and receiving Christmas cards at this time of year is one many of our residents have always enjoyed. It is the best way of spreading Christmas cheer and keeping connected to those near and far. It’s a very special feeling to open a card and to know that someone cares about you and wants to wish you well at this time of the year.”

For many, Christmas is a time of joy, celebration and family, but for some it can be a lonely and emotional time, reflecting on loved ones who have passed.

Julie added: “At Burley Hall we do everything we can to ensure residents have a fun-filled Christmas. However, for those who are unable to see their families or who don’t have any relatives, it can be a difficult time. If we can get enough cards so that each resident has the joy of opening something during the festive season, that would be really special.

“The Ilkley community has really come together this year so we’re hoping the same spirit can help rally lots of Christmas cheer. In these unprecedented times, a show of community support like this would really boost everyone’s spirits in the home and make it an even merrier Christmas.”

Anyone wishing to send residents at Burley Hall Bupa Care Home a Christmas card can post one to: Burley Hall Bupa Care Home, Cornmill Lane, Burley-in-Wharfdale, LS29 7DP.