After six months in lockdown it was a celebration tinged with more than emotion than usual.
Broomgrove Care Home residents lined up to say goodbye to four young care home staff that have landed places at university.
The employees – that have cared for residents throughout lockdown – are all pursuing further education within the healthcare industry.
Their send-off, which was scaled down because of Covid, was no less emotional with residents presenting cards, gifts and messages of good will for their future.
Many of the students won’t be leaving altogether – some will continue to work at Broomgrove Nursing Home and do ‘bank’ shifts in between their studies.
The four leavers were Lucy Greetham who’s going on to study nursing at Sheffield Hallam University; Charlotte Widlake who’s studying nursing at Sheffield Hallam University; Sam Livingstone who’s studying nursing at the University of Sheffield and Rehna Naqvi who’s studying midwifery at Edge Hill University.
Donna Pierpoint, the manager at Broomgrove Care Home, said: “If anything this year’s sendoff was all the more emotional as closer bonds have been formed because of lockdown. But residents are so keen for the young people to do well in their careers and were very determined to give them a good send off. It was a lovely event.”