Over the past two years, students from Frensham Heights School have built friendships with senior citizens at Brightwells Gostrey Senior Centre in Farnham.

Years 7 and 8 students have visited the centre to share activities, performances and conversations.

Jessica Wells, charity manager at Brightwells Gostrey, said: “Seeing the pupils of Frensham Heights School is one of the highlights of our week. It first began during lockdown when the children became pen pals with our clients, sending weekly letters and drawings. We now meet every Wednesday during term time at our hall, as well as visiting the younger years for lunch once a month. The relationship the children and our clients share is extremely special. We are very lucky to be part of such an important outreach programme.”

Year 6 students hosted a lunch for Brightwells Gostrey Senior Centre members and performed musical pieces.

Nick Oram-Tooley, Frensham Heights head of junior school, said: “The lunch and entertainment showcase run by the Year 6 children was an event that really shone the beacon for everything that Frensham represents.”

Lynn Goodburne, head of charity and outreach at Frensham Heights, said: “Bringing people together into a shared space and creating a warm atmosphere is key to society moving forwards in our current times. Everyone is a winner and leaves with their emotions lifted.”