A DUDLEY care home is calling on people to write letters to residents who are cut off from visitors during the coronavirus crisis.

Staff at Ashbourne Care Home on Lightwood Road have made the plea as the home, like many all over country, is closed to visitors in a bid to keep residents safe from the virus.

They are encouraging people to send in letters and drawings to spread some cheer to residents, many who may not have any family.

Annette Allen, manager at the home, said: "It would mean the world to our residents if you could send us a post card, a letter, good old fashioned communications or some artwork.

"We can even get some residents to write or draw you something too. They have many interesting stories and memories to share.

"They've put so much into our country we would love to give them something back. Many have no family at all .

"Pen pals are a thing of the past but let's bring some of the good old days back."

Children have already been sending in artwork to residents to help cheer them up during these uncertain times.

Anyone wishing to send a letter or artwork to the home should write to: Ashbourne Care Home, Lightwood Road, Dudley, DY1 2RS.