Cuddly alpacas at care home

Dani Kent (centre) from Oriontree and Anakin the Alpaca meet from left, team leader Adam Hashim, lifestyle co ordinator Val Stiller, resident Ann Burrows and lifestyle co ordinator Fiona Cook at Care UK's Francis Court care home, Copthorne, West Sussex. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs
Dani Kent (centre) from Oriontree and Anakin the Alpaca meet from left, team leader Adam Hashim, lifestyle co ordinator Val Stiller, resident Ann Burrows and lifestyle co ordinator Fiona Cook at Care UK's Francis Court care home, Copthorne, West Sussex. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

A care home in Copthorne was joined by some unusual friends for a special afternoon of animal fun.

Residents at Francis Court on Borers Arms Road enjoyed a visit from three friendly alpacas from Orion Tree Alpacas.

Resident Ann Burrows meets Solo the Alpaca at Care UK's Francis Court care home, Copthorne, West Sussex. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

Resident Ann Burrows meets Solo the Alpaca at Care UK's Francis Court care home, Copthorne, West Sussex. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

The animals, Glen, Solo and Anakin were even given a tour of the home by their handler Dani, where they received plenty of fuss and attention from the residents.

As part of the session, residents learnt about the history and characteristics of alpacas, and were interested to hear facts about the animals.

Home manager at Francis Court, Mary Ballesteros, said: “We are always looking to plan interesting and exciting activities for residents, and as so many have a keen interest in nature and animals, we invited Orion Tree Alpacas along to provide a fun afternoon with our new four-legged friends.

“Not many residents had seen an alpaca before, and you could see from their reactions just how fascinated they were by the chance to get up close to the gentle-natured creatures. It proved to be a real success, and the residents all enjoyed having a cuddle.

Resident Edwin Lang meets Solo the Alpaca at Care UK's Francis Court care home, Copthorne, West Sussex.'Simon Jacobs

Resident Edwin Lang meets Solo the Alpaca at Care UK's Francis Court care home, Copthorne, West Sussex.'Simon Jacobs

Francis Court has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives.