KIND youngsters in Troon have been spreading festive cheer to care home residents after making their own special Christmas cards.

The 1st Troon Girls’ Bridge in South Ayrshire showed their craft skills by designing the cards to send to residents and staff at Belhaven House.

The girls produced 50 special cards to provide for every carer and resident to say thank you and send their best wishes over the festive season.

It comes as the home was due to host the company for a Christmas carolling session.

The senior girls had also started to visit the residents weekly after school.

However, due to tighter coronavirus restrictions their plans had to be cancelled.

Instead, the Christmas cards coupled with motivational messages have lifted spirits throughout lockdown.

Troop Captain and retired primary teacher, Mrs Ray Campbell, said: “It was hoped we would be conducting Christmas activities with the care home in person, but this year that is simply not feasible. Therefore we have decided to show our love and appreciation by sending Christmas cards instead.

“My own mother is in a care home and I haven’t sat with her for nine months, so I know how hard it is not being able to see your loved ones, and just how hard each carer works to keep them safe and entertained.

“The residents at Belhaven House are very much part of this community, so if we can bring a smile to their faces or a small dose of happiness then it has been worth it.”

Belhaven House Home Manager, Fiona Hunter, said: “Everyone at Belhaven House is thrilled about receiving the Christmas cards from the Girls’ Brigade.

“For many of the residents, the weekly visit is a highlight for them.”