A care home in Maidenhead is appealing to the community to brighten the season for residents who do not have family or friends - by sending Christmas cards that can be shared round.

Doina Hirta, home manager at St Mark’s Bupa Care Home in St Mark's Road, said: “At St Mark’s we do everything we can to ensure residents have a fun-filled Christmas.

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"However, for those who are unable to see their families or who don’t have any relatives, it can be a difficult time. If we can get enough cards so that each resident has the joy of opening something during the festive season, that would be really special.

“The Maidenhead community has really come together this year so we’re hoping the same spirit can help rally lots of Christmas cheer. In these unprecedented times, a show of community support like this would really boost everyone’s spirits in the home and make it an even merrier Christmas.”

Anyone wishing to send residents a card can post one to: St Mark’s Bupa Care Home, 110 St Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6DN.