Residents in a care home were surprised with a free ice cream from an ice cream truck last week.

On Thursday (April 22), which was a lovely hot sunny day, local ice cream man Michael Stead came to offer some much needed encouragement and free cones to the Hollies Care Home in Clayton-le-Moors.

After over a year of lockdowns, care home residents have been heavily affected by the virus, being locked away for most of the year due to their susceptibility to the illness.

Michael, son of care home resident Lucy Stead, wanted to recognise the care staff who have been delivering services to his mother and the rest of the care homes residents through lockdown.

To give the residents a dash of normality, Michael thought it would a nice idea to bring his ice cream truck and give all the residents and staff a free ice cream.

Glen Britton, one of the senior team, said: "Much more than medications could ever do the look on the residents faces was surpassed only by the delight from staff.

"Through this very trying Covid time this was a much needed and deserved boost, and felt normal for once.

"We as a home thank Michael for this wonderful gesture."