Bromley school wins award for community work
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 13 November 2018
Staff, pupils and parents from Bickley Park School are celebrating after winning an award for introducing a community initiative to help elderly residents.
The prestigious Perrys Exceptional Awards celebrate inspiring individuals, charities and businesses across the country.
The Bromley-based school scooped the title and a trophy for its community initiative, which brings together the school’s nursery children with residents at Crown Meadow Nursing Home.
The weekly visits to Crown Meadow Nursing Home build on the school’s commitment to the local community.
Head of the nursery, Sarah Spiteri, instigated the initiative after seeing a television programme that highlighted the positive effects of bringing two different generations together, both for young people and old.
Sarah said: “Winning the Perrys Exceptional Business Community Initiative Award is an amazing feat as we were up against many strong contenders in this category.
“When we entered, we knew our campaign had strong merits, but we didn’t expect to be the ones taking a specially-engraved trophy back to school with us.”
The awards celebrate Kent’s unsung community heroes, and more than 100 guests, including representatives from each of the nominated finalists, along with ambassadors from businesses and charities across the region, were treated to a three-course celebratory banquet.
During the evening, which took place on November 8, each finalist had their achievements showcased in specially-commissioned videos, which were shown to the guests before the award winners were announced. Each winner was rewarded with a specially engraved trophy.
Headteacher at Bickley Park School, Patrick Wenham, said: “We are delighted to have received recognition for what has been a fantastic community collaboration.
“It has been deeply moving to see the joy elderly residents of Crown Meadow Court have gained from their weekly activities with Bickley Park nursery children.
“To the children, the residents are like friends and grandparents.
“The residents, many of whom have spent a lifetime looking after children, love the opportunity to spend time with children who bring happiness and fun to all the activities they do together.”
For more information on Bickley Park School visit www.bickleyparkschool.co.uk.