STAFF, residents, relatives and the local community came together at Hagley Place to enjoy an open day on January 19.

Hagley Place hosted a variety of activities throughout the day, with the main event being the therapy pony that went around to everyone's room saying hello!

Also included were pony rides, knit and natter and a good old fashioned sing along, which were enjoyed by everyone.

Staff made everyone feel welcome and were delighted to see different generations having fun together. Visitors enjoyed plenty of refreshments, such as homemade cakes and biscuits, prepared by the catering team, who were hard at work making sure that a great time was had by all.

Resident, Julie Raye, said, "To see a pony in my room was amazing, it was a dream come true. I love animals and in particular donkeys and ponies are my favourite. It really made my day."

Claire Harris, general manager at the home, said: "Staff at Hagley Place are dedicated to making sure that the home is a hub of the local community, and this event, along with all their hard work, has definitely paid off."

Michelle Jones, head of activities at the home, said: "The power of animals is a proven therapy tool with not just the elderly but with all generations and we are delighted to be able to bring animals in to the home to give people their wish".