Pensioners are filming themselves reading bedtime stories to children across the UK

Nursing home residents in Norfolk have filmed themselves telling classic children’s stories to “make sure no child goes to bed without a story”.

To celebrate National Storytelling Week, residents of Care UK’s Cavell Court in Cringleford recorded their retelling of four famous bedtime stories: Cinderella, The Three Bears, Jack And The Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.

Peta Cremer, 78, who has read Cinderella, said: “I wanted to get involved here to do something good for the children.

“I really enjoyed sitting on the storytelling throne and reading the different characters. I hope the kids have as much fun watching them as we did creating them.”

Brenda Burman, 87, said: “I can remember reading Jack And The Beanstalk to myself as a kid and have read it to my children and grandchildren over the years.

“It’s a family favorite that I always enjoy visiting.”


Nursing home resident Nancy Thompson, 86, reads The Three Little Pigs on the nursing home’s “story throne.”

To create the videos, the nursing home put together a kit for residents that included a “story throne”, blankets, dolls, stuffed animals and a cup of tea.

The charity said it wants to create something special ahead of National Storytelling Week, which runs between Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, to promote literacy and “ensure no kid goes to bed without a bedtime story, whether it’s she has someone to read to or she doesn’t.”

Karen Curle, home director at Cavell Court, said: “We all fondly remember the stories we were told as children and the precious time we spent reading family favorites with our loved ones.

“Unfortunately, we know that not every child is lucky enough to have their own grandparents to read to, and residents have been keen to provide them with an alternative experience to enjoy.

“It was heartwarming to see residents practicing their lines and reading their favorite stories aloud over the past few weeks.

“Cultivating a love of reading from an early age is so important to developing a child’s imagination and communication skills, while reading as they grow older can also help improve concentration and reduce stress.

“From Cinderella to Jack And The Beanstalk, each of the four resident videos has something for all children and can be viewed online by any family.

“We hope children in Norfolk and beyond enjoy each of the stories and let their imaginations run wild.”

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