YOUNG alpacas brought the joys of spring to Alton over Easter when residents and staff at The Lawn care home in Holybourne – run by national charity Friends of the Elderly – enjoyed a visit from the Pennybridge Alpacas herd.
The visit from the herd, based at Up Nately, near Hook, was part of Friends of the Elderly’s ongoing commitment to fostering fun activities and encouraging friendships across the generations.
It was organised by The Lawn’s activities coordinator, Sally Green, after residents had enthused about meeting the animals, who originate from the level heights of the Andes in South America.
For some residents, their visit had been so eagerly anticipated that they had invited friends and relatives to meet them too.
The alpacas and their owners spent the Easter Monday afternoon at The Lawn, meeting and mingling with residents outside, but also being walked by their handlers around the building so that residents who were unable to come outdoors could also see them and enjoy their visit.
Resident Joan Elderton said of the animals: “They have the most beautiful eyes.”
Another resident said: “Thank you so much, you’ve made my Easter.”
And Sally Green added: “The alpacas were really popular. We’re hoping that they’ll be able to pay us a return visit when we hold our summer fair.”