Video: Care home residents share cuddles and cake with mums and babies

Residents at a Mansfield care home were delighted to meet and cuddle the youngest generation when mums and babies visited them today.

More than 20 mums and dads called in at Baily House where a Cuddle and Cake afternoon was held.

Baily House manager Rachel Squires said: “We decided we wanted to set up a group so young mums could bring their babies to meet our elderly residents.

So we announced we were having a Cuddle, cake and a bit of a break afternoon.”

“In exchange for our residents having cuddles with their beautiful bundles of joy, it was also a chance for mums and dads to take the weight off and have a free slice of cake.

“It also gave them the chance to have a chat with others and hear words of wisdom from our lovely residents.”

Mum Leah Hall from Mansfield Woodhouse took along six month old Lorenzo. She said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea It’s nice for the residents and good for their emotional health - it perks them up.”

When manager Rachel announced a mother and baby group was starting she never expected it would cause an Internet sensation.

She said: “People seemed to love the idea when we put it on our Facebook page it had more than 50,000 hits, 300 shares and 192 comments, from as far away as New Zealand.”