Zac Goldsmith MP Presents Charity Awards To Queens School Students

Zac Goldsmith MP presents charity awards recognising intergenerational volunteering to Queen’s School students

Zac Goldsmith MP, accompanied by some Abbeyfield residents, attended Queen’s Primary School assembly in Kew on Monday 16 July to hand out awards to pupils as part of a partnership to link young children with older people.

Each month, since July 2014, a small group of children have visited Palmer House, an Abbeyfield sheltered housing facility on Ennerdale Road, for a morning of intergenerational activities.

As part of Abbeyfield’s Rising Stars Awards, the scheme rewards schoolchildren for their commitment to enhancing the lives of older people.

“Our residents really enjoy these visits” said Senior House Manager, Pauline Green. “It’s important for society’s youth to interact with older people, and we’re proud to support that with the Abbeyfield Rising Stars initiative.”

The Palmer House residents enjoy chatting with the school children and help them to understand what life is like for older people and gives pupils the chance to learn a bit more about history, such as war-time Britain.

Pauline added, “At Abbeyfield, we thrive on establishing local community connections and insist on making every day valuable for our residents.”

Zac Goldsmith said; “This has become an annual tradition for me, and I enjoy it enormously every time. The collaboration between Queen’s school pupils and Abbeyfield residents is very moving, and hugely valuable.”

The children receiving the awards this year are:
Year 2
Beatrice Grainger for the incredible effort she has put into her learning throughout Year 2. Bea has demonstrated a fantastic determination to achieve her goals and as a result has progressed in leaps and bounds across all subjects – particularly in maths, reading and writing.

Lottie Astbury for her outstanding progress in her writing and for her developing confidence in herself and her abilities. She has embraced all the exciting projects and challenges in year 2 and has adapted really well to classroom routines, growing in independence every day.

Year 6
Eisa Rifai for his conscientious and enthusiastic approach to every aspect of school life. He has truly embodied both the school values and the learning certainties, meaning he has achieved across the curriculum. His dedication and motivation to do well have been a delight to see and he is a true role model: his level of independence, work ethic and sense of responsibility are all exemplary.

Anya Mankovska for her exemplary attitude and behaviour: she is a role model for other pupils, approaching every challenge with quiet self-confidence, always putting in 100% and constantly seeking to improve on the – already very high – standards she sets for herself.

See Abbeyfield’s Press Release HERE

About The Abbeyfield Society

·       Established in 1956, the Abbeyfield Society is a charity providing residential care and support to older people. The organisation has 601homes and houses in the UK and overseas, in which staff and 4,000 volunteers support 8,000 older people living in a family-like atmosphere.

·       Abbeyfield offers a range of accommodation from independent living to care homes.

·       The charity’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for older people.

·       The Abbeyfield Society’s values are caring, openness, honesty and respect.

·       For more information about Abbeyfield visit