TWO local care homes are busy collecting gifts in a heart-warming Adopt a Grandparent initiative.

They are in the final week of collecting gifts to support those who have no-one around them this Christmas.

Thornhill House in Darfield and Highstone Mews in Worsbrough have been running the ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ scheme for a few months now, collecting shoeboxes full of gifts for residents, and those in the community, who will be spending Christmas alone this year.

Donations of gifts have poured in so far, with more than 100 handed in last week alone, and the two homes being only 30 boxes off their goal of 210.

Thornhill House manager, Christian Mason said: “It all started because we’ve got nine residents who have got no family at all.

“At Christmas there are lots of families visiting, but some people have no one.

“We wanted to do more for people who’ve got no one at Christmas, and make sure they’ve got something to unwrap on the day.

“We’ve got a member of staff – Mike Lindley – he’s going to dress up as Santa and bring gifts to people’s houses,” Christian added.

“Anyone who’s alone and wants that support can call the care home to request a visit.

“If it puts a smile on people’s face then it’ll be worth it.”