CARE home residents can now keep in touch with loved ones from a distance following a donation of modern technology.

Residents at The Laurels Care Home in Houghton-le-Spring have been given the new kit by Northern Gas Networks.

The gas company donated a bumper aid package, including electronic Samsung tablets, to allow residents to keep in touch with relatives.

The package also included lots of basic items, such as toiletries.

Stephanie Ord, Northern Gas Networks’ customer care officer said: “The staff and residents were over the moon with the donation.

“We hope it brings a little joy to residents during such a difficult time, and helps them to stay in touch with their loved ones.”

As well as donating to care homes and charities, emergency gas engineers from the company are leaving care packages for individual customers, following house calls.

The packages contain non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta and tinned food, as well as hand sanitiser and puzzle books.

For an aid package from Northern Gas Networks care homes and groups can email