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Little elves visit Norfolk care homes to help spread some festive cheer

Babies in Norfolk are helping to spread some festive cheer by visiting elderly residents in care homes across the county.

The community project called 'Friend in Deed' has been set up to try and tackle isolation and loneliness.

Kelly Lindsay, who founded Friend in Deed, believes the scheme benefits both generations, and is keen to see it rolled out to other areas of the county in the future.

"It doesn't just benefit the older community," she told ITV News Anglia.

"Younger people are getting a lot from it in terms of social development but for the older people who might feel lonely, or withdrawn, we are just seeing fantastic results and I just wanted to create kinder communities."

You can follow 'Friend In Deed' on Facebook

  • Photo gallery from a visit to the Ivy Court care home in Norwich
The visits have helped to put smiles on residents' faces. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The babies are transforming the physical and mental wellbeing of the pensioners they visit. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The babies have been dressed as elves for their Christmas visits! Credit: ITV News Anglia
It's hoped the project will spread right across the country. Credit: ITV News Anglia