A CARE home has been given Easter eggs by the Mayor of Peterlee after taking part in a community scarecrow competition.

Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, was one of dozens of entrants into the competition, organised by Dene House Matters, a Facebook community page.

Everyone who took part, including private households, businesses, public services and care homes, received Easter eggs as a reward.

Bannatyne Lodge’s entry, called “Working From Home”, was rewarded with 80 chocolate treats for each resident and member of staff at the home.

Residents and staff created their scarecrow from old clothes and a manakin before placing it at the front gate so Peterlee Town Mayor Terry Duffy could judge it without entering the home, which is currently closed to non-essential visitors due to the pandemic.

Rose Ann Fenbow, who is one of the residents, said: “I was astonished at the number of Easter eggs.”

The home is appealing for donations of teddy bears so residents can pin short notes on them and place them in the windows to cheer up passers-by.

Dawn Minto, activities coordinator, said: “Anyone who has any old teddy bears they no longer want can send them to the home to be upcycled into messages of positivity.”