YOUNG children of a student nurse in Oswestry have been helping to keep care homes in the region stocked up with toiletries following an appeal on Facebook.

Michael and Finley Harvey, aged five and three, recently helped to deliver toiletries to seven nursing and care homes in and around Oswestry, to prevent shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their mother, Sophie Harvey, helped Michael to set up an appeal, after he told her he wanted to do his bit to help after seeing his friend from school had been trying to help the NHS.

After posting the appeal on Facebook, they received lots of donations, and were able to deliver bundles of toiletries to; Chirk Court, Meadowbrook, the Old Vicarage, Brookhouse, Woodlands, New Fairholme, Llysfield Nursing Home.

Sophie was pleased with the kind and generous response from people who donated items.

She said: "We put a post on Facebook and asked people to donate toiletries and it was really well received.

"My little boy was talking to me about stuff after seeing his friend from school had been helping out, so he asked if there's anything we could do.

"We had a chat, and with me being a student nurse I was able to explain how care home residents can't have visitors and a lot of them rely on families to get things they need.

"So we thought it was a good idea to ask for donations of toiletries and we've had a lot of stuff given to us to be honest."

Michael's idea has meant care homes have now had a helpful donation of toiletries which will be used by residents.

Sophie hopes people can continue to do their bit for the health service and care homes during the pandemic.

"I work for the NHS and will be going back onto placement next month," Sophie added.

"I think the help people have been giving is amazing – everything people have been doing to help has been very generous.

"Anyone who is helping out in any way is doing a brilliant job."