A care home for people living with dementia now has its own special bus stop in the grounds to spark happy memories for residents.

East Lancashire bus firm Rosso, part of the Transdev group, has provided the sign as focal point in its gardens.

The special memory stop is in the grounds of Haslingden Hall Care Home in Lancaster Avenue, Haslingden.

Rosso - the main bus operator in Rossendale - installed the stop as many of the residents hopped on a bus to meet their partners, enjoy time with friends and family or just to pop to the shops – but time has eroded those golden memories for those living with dementia.

Bus operator Rosso has now stepped in to provide Haslingden Hall with its very own, custom-made bus stop sign in the gardens, as a focal point to bring back the good times shared on bus journeys in days gone by.

Care home manager, Jo-Ann Liptrot, said: “We can’t thank Rosso buses enough for their kind generosity in supplying our new specially-made bus stop, which will greatly benefit our residents living with dementia in its various forms.

“The idea came to us due to the many requests we receive from our residents, asking us where the bus stop is.

"Thanks to the team at Rosso, we now have our very own bus stop which will act as a focal point to help bring back memories of journeys shared over the years.”

Rosso customer services manager Phil Harris and commercial manager Matt Burley were on hand to deliver and install the new sign in Haslingden Hall’s gardens.

Mr Harris said: “When we heard about the idea of Haslingden Hall having its own custom-made bus stop, we were only too happy to help – and the smiles of the residents when they saw it for the first time made it all worthwhile.

“Going by bus holds precious memories for people who met their husband or wife on board or at their local bus stop, or who used the buses to visit favourite people and places.

"We hope Haslingden Hall’s new bus stop will help to bring back happy thoughts of good times shared on Lancashire’s buses.”