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Wanted: Locals Who Want to Discover the Lost Art of Letter Writing

on Friday, April 24, 2020

Not-for-profit aged care home Mercy Place Westcourt is appealing to locals who would like to revive the long lost art of letter writing.

The home is seeking to develop a network of pen pals in the local Cairns community to correspond with their elderly residents.

Mercy Place Westcourt Service Manager, Angela Cox, explains that while the home has increased the range of one-to-one activities for residents during this challenging time, the new pen pal program would bring an added dimension to the seniors’ lives.

"We all remember the joy of going to the letterbox and receiving a letter from a friend, and then taking the time to write back. This is particularly relevant for our elderly residents who had pen pals when they were younger and we would love to give them the opportunity to rebuild or expand their social networks during this time, Ms Cox says.

“And so we are appealing to those in the local community who would like to re-discover the joy of letter writing to contact us, as we would love to put them in touch with one of our residents who would be keen to connect with a new pen pal and enjoy hearing their news and learning a little about their life.

“Those who are interested may be young or old, we really don’t have a preference as we know our residents will just love receiving a handwritten letter, perhaps for the first time in many years.”

People wanting to become a pen pal for a Mercy Place Westcourt resident can email

All residents’ correspondence is thoroughly sanitised as part of the strict measures in place within the home.

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