By George, what a reindeer treat at Wellington care home
Both young and old have got into the Christmas spirit with a visit from a reindeer and his sleigh.
Morris Care Centre in Wellington welcomed George the reindeer, accompanied by his handler Hugh Stewart, from Blithbury Reindeer Lodge near Rugeley in Staffordshire.
Residents were joined by excited youngsters from the neighbouring Tortoise Nursery, who greeted George with their best rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Pupils from the nursery visit the care home on a weekly basis, taking part in various intergenerational activities.
George spent his time being pampered by both residents and pupils, who were able to pet and feed him throughout the day, as well as take a seat on his sleigh.
The visit was organised by the home's social life co-ordinators Paula Knight and Lorna Green, who said they were overjoyed at the reception the reindeer got.
“George the reindeer was a big hit with everyone," said Paula.
"It was a magical day and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. We organise a variety of activities to create engaging and memorable experiences for our residents and this was certainly a special one.
“We also recognise the value of our residents socialising with the nursery children who visit the home weekly. The benefits that intergenerational experiences bring to both residents and the children are fabulous, so it was very special for them to share the enjoyment of this occasion.”
Morris Care Centre, on Holyhead Road in Wellington is one of six nursing homes in Shropshire and Cheshire run by care provider and family business Morris Care.
Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, near Rugeley, is home to Britain's largest working reindeer herd, putting on special events throughout the year.