Schoolchildren have recorded uplifting messages for self-isolating elderly people after an online appeal by care home staff.

Carers at Bilton Court in Wellingborough asked for cheerful letters and pictures to raise the morale of self-isolating residents.

Messages by Year 5 pupils at the town’s Park Junior School were broadcast live on BBC local radio on Wednesday.

Head teacher David Tebbutt said it was “a little boost in a challenging time”.

Cath Holmes, from care home provider Anchor Hanover, said: “Meaningful engagement is an essential part of living well and we have lots of practical resources and ideas readily available to support our residents and colleagues in care homes through the coming weeks.”

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