LITTLE ones have been out and about over the festive period to help those in need.

Youngsters from Finkley Down Farm Nursery visited Andover Foodbank on December 13 to donate items given by parents and children.

The nursery created its own 12 days of Christmas to ask for donations for the foodbank.

Manager Sarah Gough said: “We were overwhelmed with the generous donations of parents and children, and really grateful to be able to donate and help those less fortunate at Christmas time. The children really enjoyed helping to drop of the food and we discussed whom it might go to.”

Afterwards the children visited Copper Beeches Day Centre to hand out the youngsters’ homemade Christmas cards and make gingerbread men with the residents.

“Lots of fun was had by all involved, and we are very grateful to Copper Beeches for allowing us to visit. It was a lovely start to the Christmas period,” Sarah added.

Finkley Down were not the only nursery to offer Christmas cards to the residents as staff at the care home put a call to nurseries, schools and community groups to send cards and had an “amazing response”, with over 120 received.

Schools including Vigo, Andover Church of England and Endeavour schools got involved.

Tanita Clements from the home said: “We’ve been amazed at the response we have had from all the people involved in making sure our residents have a wonderful and heartfelt Christmas and are happy to see so many people still remember and care for the people in their community.”