An Aylesbury care home hosted a writing competition with local schoolchildren on Wednesday 3 February to mark National Storytelling Week.

Children from Buckingham Park Church of England Primary School joined residents of neighbouring Buckingham Lodge care home to hear the winners of a creative writing competition, for which they have submitted stories and poems relating to their grandparents.

12 children visited the home to share their work with residents and staff, as well as their parents and teachers. Prizes were handed out to winners and runners-up by competition judge Jessica Puttick, local co-author and illustrator of The Princess Stories series featuring Princess Lani. 

The overall winner was Adam Dury, aged eight. His story was about his adventures with his granddad Brian, who Adam told lovely stories about after the prizegiving. Adam received a £10 voucher which he said he will spend on Lego.  He and the other three winners also received a copy of one of Jessica’s popular childrens books.

Julie Chanel, Customer Relations Manager, commented: “We were really looking forward to the children visiting the home again – everyone at Buckingham Lodge loves seeing the youngsters and we enjoyed listening to them sharing their stories with us. 

“The children and their families enjoyed homemade cakes and had the opportunity to meet our residents and show them their work. One of the children commented that they loved it here and wanted to move in!

We are very grateful to Jessica for giving her time and books to make this event so special.

Buckingham Lodge provides 24 hour residential care for older people as well as specialist dementia care for those who require it.  The home also provides respite care for two to four week periods.

For more information on Buckingham Lodge care home, please call 0800 731 2020 or visit

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