Pupils from Years 3 and 4 of Bel Royal School have been invited to take part in a competition launched by LV Care Group to name its new care home. Formerly known as Little Grove, the care home, which is situated next door to the school, has been renamed Le Petit Bosquet Residential and Nursing Home.
Eight-year-old Lucy Honey came up with the name ‘Petit Bosquet’ which is the French translation of Little Grove. Nearly 30 pupils took part in the competition putting their best ideas forward on what the nearby care home should be named.
LV Care Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Nick Bettany, said: “At LV, we always look to forge strong relationships with our neighbours, aware that we play an important role within the communities in which we operate. As Bel Royal School is next door to the care home, we thought it would be a great opportunity to involve the children in naming the property. We really liked Lucy’s idea of Petit Bosquet, which keeps the heritage of the home’s former name.
“There is a lot of research confirming the benefits of children spending time with the elderly and we anticipate this competition being the first of many links between the school and the care home.”
Le Petit Bosquet will open in August 2019 with 27 beds and an additional 16 beds will be added in 2020. The home will be occupied by clients aged 65 and over who need support with personal care through to nursing care.
Nick added: “We strive to deliver a five-star care home experience for all of our clients. Le Petit Bosquet is in a beautiful country setting with easy access to town, St Aubin’s Bay and other parts of the Island. We hope to take advantage of the picturesque garden space by hosting tea parties and other events for our residents to enjoy. We also aim to facilitate visits from the children at Bel Royal School to spend time with our clients, experiences which will be valuable for both generations.”