Chicks gets residents in a flap

Hatching a plan: Laurel Villas resident Flo Simpson, 89, with Geraldine and Chiquarito
Hatching a plan: Laurel Villas resident Flo Simpson, 89, with Geraldine and Chiquarito
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Elderly residents at a Preston care home have got some new companions - in the form of chicks.

Staff at Laurel Villas in Ashton had been scratching their heads thinking of a new activity for the residents when a flyer advertising the chicks came through the door.

They decided it would be a good thing for the people who live there to get involved with so set about fundraising to buy them

They held a sponsored wheelchair rally in Haslam Park to raise the money they needed to buy the eggs and an incubator.

Money from the sponsored event and donations meant that the home had £250 to buy the eggs and incubator

And now after days of watching and waiting for the eggs to hatch they have and the residents have been left with nine new friends.

Laurel Villas’ manager Sue Hall said: “We have got nine beautiful fluffy little chickens.

“The residents are absolutely loving it. They have named them all.”

Sue from the home in Tulketh Road added: “It was something that came through the door. I thought it was junk mail, I looked at it and put it down then I looked at it again and thought we could do something with it.

“We are always looking for new inventive ideas to provide activities for our clients, so I asked the staff and residents and the response was wonderful.

“We were all really looking forward to it but we didn’t expect it to be as successful as it was.”

The home cares for 22 people, many who are in their 80s.

Sue said: “They absolutely love them. They all had different coloured dots on to symbolise their names.

“Even the residents with dementia, their eyes lit up and they were smiling.”

The names of the chicks include Cutie, Sugar, Bonnie and Geraldine.

The home won’t be keeping the chicks forever and they are set to move to a farm in Southport.

Sue said: “We would love to keep them but it isn’t practical.

“Some of the residents have been asking if we can keep them but I told them they won’t be little chickens for long, they will be noisy hens soon.