Kindergarten children are to 'adopt' residents from Hong Kong's only home for English-speaking elderly, after teachers learned of its struggle to keep a roof over their heads. The Anfield International Kindergarten is only 10 minutes' walk from the China Coast Community Home in Kowloon Tong, but staff knew nothing about it until the home's plight was highlighted in the South China Morning Post last month. Now the kindergarten is to hold a Grandparents' Day on December 1 to raise money for the home, which needs $700,000 for renovations to its roof and kitchen. It will also arrange for residents to read stories to the children at the kindergarten and for youngsters to visit the home. Teacher Justin Hayward, 36, who came up with the idea and is having his hair shaved off as part of the fundraising event, said he hoped the kindergarten could forge a lasting relationship with the home. 'It will be very good for the children, and I hope the residents will enjoy seeing the children, too,' he said. 'There are some colourful characters in the home and it would be wonderful to have them coming to the school to read to the children. 'The China Coast Community Home is such a unique place. I had no idea it was there until the story appeared, and I had occasionally wondered what happens to people in situations like that where they have no contact with their country of origin.' The home has 36 English-speaking residents of nine nationalities with an average age of 82. The kindergarten hopes to raise around $20,000 for the home through its Grandparents' Day event, and plans to follow that up by visiting to sing Christmas carols. Principal Carol McCabe said: 'I am sure they will want the small children only in very small doses, but it will be something they can look forward to and I hope we can build up an ongoing relationship.' Vijai Singh, general manager of the home, said she was delighted at the approach by the kindergarten, and was in favour of the elderly and the young spending time together. 'I thought it was very sweet of them,' she said. More than $200,000 has been given in donations since the Post highlighted the home's situation. A further $100,000 is believed to have been raised at the home's annual fundraising golf day at Shek O last Friday. Hundreds of thousands more dollars are needed, however, to complete the repairs at the 25-year-old home. Anyone who wants to find out more about the appeal can call the home on 2337 7266 or e-mail CCChome@netvigator.com .