Baby alpacas brought the joys of spring to Alton on Easter Monday , 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. Baby alpacas brought the joys of spring to Alton on Easter Monday (17 April), when residents and staff at The Lawn care home in Holybourne enjoyed a visit from the Pennybridge Alpacas herd.
The cuddly alpacas’ visit to The Lawn – situated on London Road, Holybourne – 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 animal-loving residents had enthused about meeting the animals, who originate from The Andes. 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 s o that residents who were unable to come outdoors could also see them and enjoy their visit.
Resident Joan Elderton, pictured above, said: “They have the most beautiful eyes.”
Another resident said: “Thank you so much, you’ve made my Easter”.
Sally Green, Activities Co-ordinator at The Lawn, said: “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.”