Two Dorset schools put their heads together to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore- and bring joy to the local community.

Staff at Parley First School and Ferndown First School decided to do something that would recognise the amazing achievements of centenarian Captain Tom who raised over £33million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden but who sadly passed away on February 2.

So they challenged their children (in both schools), who range from age 4-9, to write 100 letters, to be delivered to local care homes.

 Miss Brown, from Parley First School, had also sewn, knitted, and crocheted 100 hearts, to go with the letters.

They knew the care home residents have had a particularly tough time during lockdown and wanted them to know that they have been very much in people's thoughts.

The schools have been informed that the residents were so delighted to receive the kind letters and hand-made hearts and cards that they will be writing back.

Mr Bagwell (Headteacher, Parley First School) and Mr Graves (Deputy Headteacher, Parley First School) delivered the letters on their bikes. Between them covered over 100km as they delivered the 100 letters and cards.

The schools were very impressed with the letters their children have written and hope that both the care home residents enjoy reading them as much as they have.

The schools sent their best wishes to all the staff and residents, especially in these very uncertain times. One of the children’s letters opened up with the line…

‘I hope I can bring some sunshine to your day’.

They certainly did!