Watch the birdies

Pictured with the new dovecote in the grounds of Manor View Care Home, Hatfield, are back L-R resident Harry Morris, 81, care assistant Anne Howard, resident Glyn Jones, 86, and wife Ruby, resident Kenny Smith, 84, activities co-ordinator Kelly Carter-Smith, care assistant Carla Beecham, and resident Les Parkinson, 84. Front L-R are Roy Porter, wife and resident Violet Porter, 74, son Darren Porter, who made the dovecote, sister Jane Kelsall, and Darren's wife Karen Porter. Picture: Liz Mockler D9276LM
Pictured with the new dovecote in the grounds of Manor View Care Home, Hatfield, are back L-R resident Harry Morris, 81, care assistant Anne Howard, resident Glyn Jones, 86, and wife Ruby, resident Kenny Smith, 84, activities co-ordinator Kelly Carter-Smith, care assistant Carla Beecham, and resident Les Parkinson, 84. Front L-R are Roy Porter, wife and resident Violet Porter, 74, son Darren Porter, who made the dovecote, sister Jane Kelsall, and Darren's wife Karen Porter. Picture: Liz Mockler D9276LM
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RESIDENTS and staff at a care home are enjoying a spot of bird watching thanks to a new addition within the grounds.

Darren Porter built a bird house at Manor View Care Home off Manor Road, Hatfield, as a thank you to staff who are caring for his 75-year-old mother Violet, who suffers from dementia.

Darren said: “I just wanted to do it as a thank you.

“You read a lot of bad press about people who work in care homes but the staff at Manor View do a wonderful job so I thought it was about time they got some recognition.

“They go above and beyond for my mum and my dad Roy who visits everyday, they even do him a dinner most days.

“It will be nice for the staff and residents to enjoy.”