A MINION and the Cleveland Fire Brigade were just some of the visitors to the end of season family fun days at Stockton on Tees care homes.

Star of the animated movie franchise, Kevin the Minion paid a visit to The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, to charm residents and visitors.

At Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, firefighters from Thornaby Fire Station dropped in to thrill younger visitors and residents alike.

Marking the start of Autumn, the family fun days included classic fair games such as bottle hoopla, stalls selling delicious home baked cakes, face painting and a balloon artist.

The homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, raised over £1,100 between them.

The funds will go towards creating a café at The Beeches and purchasing sensory equipment for residents at Mandale House.

Michael Allen, home manager at Mandale House, said: “We had a brilliant day with lots of our residents’ families and friends turning out to help us raise funds.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Thornaby Fire Station for visiting the home as well. The youngsters had a great time meeting the firefighters and exploring the truck.”

Helen Wood, home manager at The Beeches, added: “Our end of season family fun days are held by Hill Care’s homes across Teesside, bringing lots of fun, warmth and laughter to the start of autumn.

“We had a great time at The Beeches, with lots for our residents and visitors to see and do, including meeting a real-life minion. Our thanks go to everyone who came along.”

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