13-year-old Rovers fan Millie has put team loyalties aside and sent 89-year-old care home resident and Sheffield United fan Laurence a Blades-themed hamper to help him stay upbeat during lockdown.
The pair met before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of Greenacres Grange’s Adopt a Grandparent scheme which saw local school children visit the care home, get to meet the residents and provide some companionship for the older residents.
Millie and Laurence bonded straightaway over a love of football and remained close despite the difficulties that lockdown provided. Committed to keeping her friendship with Laurence going, Millie put football rivalries aside and created a Sheffield United football fanatic’s care package filled with historical Blades matchday programmes, a football and some chocolate as well as an update from Millie about the time she was mascot at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Laurence was delighted with the surprise treat.
Millie said: “I was told that when Laurence was given his letter and box with programmes in that he had the biggest smile, this really made my day.
“I am hoping when the lockdown is over to try and sort Laurence a Sheffield United shirt with his name on so that I can surprise him again!”
Greenacres Grange home manager, Joanne Layden said: “The commitment of our team to support our residents, to have fun and maintain good spirits during this challenging time has been amazing.
“We have been so heartened by the actions of people like Millie taking part in the Adopt a Grandparent scheme which has put a smile on the face of our residents. There are definitely no isolation blues here!”