NATIONAL Cheer Up the Lonely Day was celebrated by Stockton care home residents – who invited the community to join them for a tea party.

Ingleby Care Home hosted the event and were joined by residents, staff and families from Mandale House Care Home.

Local supermarkets Tesco and Asda are supplied tea, coffee and soft drinks as well as cakes and snacks. Entertainment was provided by local comedian and singer Norman Thompson.

Carol Singleton, manager at Ingleby Care Home, said: “Loneliness can have a major impact on the lives of the elderly, so we wanted to take the opportunity to invite the local community to join us for the afternoon.

“Within a care home setting, our residents have friends, visitors and staff to interact with, enjoy a conversation and cup of tea, games and films. But many elderly living within the community don’t see anyone for days at a time.”

Both Ingleby and Mandale House care homes used the event, which took place at Ingleby Barwick Community Centre on Monday, 11th July, to launch regular group meetings.

Carol added: “We know that loneliness is not going to be resolved with a single event, which is why we want to launch weekly tea and coffee mornings at the care home, for anyone to come and sit with and enjoy the company of our residents.”