A SERIES of care home visits from Wee County pupils came to an "emotional" end last week, as the youngsters said their goodbyes to grateful residents.

Kids from St Mungo's had been making regular trips to Parklands Care Home as part of an intergenerational link-up.

Entitled Back in the Day, the scheme saw the students travel to the home once a week for six weeks, to meet residents for fun and games.

Terri Hoggan, activity coordinator at Parklands, said both the pupils and residents were delighted with the project.

She said: "The aim was to get kids coming along to plan activities with residents to try and encourage kids to come to care homes, and to raise awareness of dementia."

Over the six weeks, everyone enjoyed an owl-magic event, held a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, took part in an arts and history week and many other activities.

Terri added: "The residents totally loved it. Just to see the engagement between them and the kids – it was amazing.

"The kids remembered the residents' names and who they were, and showed great respect towards them.

"The kids even done an assembly at the school to tell everyone about it."

Friday, October 5, marked the end of the six-week-long scheme, with everyone celebrating what they had accomplished, while raising £410 for charity.

Terri said: "It was emotional on the final Friday; it's just been amazing.

"That's it finished now but there's talks of maybe an after school club being set up next year.

"It's something we'd like to continue."