STAFF at Prospect House in Malpas have been commended for their hard work over the last 12 months with a special event.

Marking one year since the first lockdown of the pandemic, the High Street-based care home demonstrated how grateful it was to its dedicated staff with a celebration of gratitude and hope for the future.

Called Rainbow Wednesday, the event marked the hard work, both physical and mental, given by dedicated staff that never once faltered during what staff called 'the toughest year in the history of Prospect House'.

Helping them celebrate, hampers were donated by the local Co-op, and gifts sent in from families with kind and uplifting messages.

The deputy manager baked cupcakes and a large chocolate drip cake which was raffled off to staff.

Hampers were also put together by the management team with lots of sweet treats for all of the staff.

Sarah Stroud, registered manager at Prospect House, said she was happy to celebrate the work of her staff.

"It seems fitting we referred to the rainbow as a symbol of hope and positivity to celebrate our staff and their commitment throughout the pandemic," she said.

"We're all looking forward to easing out of the lockdown restrictions and hope this signals a really positive future."