OLD and young came together at a tea party to celebrate the importance of caring for people with dignity.

Residents at St Georges's Care Home in Millom were paid a visit from babies at an event to mark Dignity Awareness Day.

The day of awareness takes place every year and the topic is also forming the theme of care home events this month.

Manager Nicola Smith said the residents were delighted to see them and said she was hoping for more events like it in the future.

She said: "The residents really enjoyed the afternoon.

"Mixing with young people makes a big to the residents on a day to day basis.

"It lifts everybody.

"We are trying do more to brighten things up a bit.

"Hopefully we are going to work with more schools."

Next. children from Millom Infants School will be coming to the care home to read with the residents."

The care home is the only one in Cumbria accredited as Dignity Champions.

Staff at the home have been given special training about the importance of caring for residents with dignity and respect.

Nicola said: "It's making sure that people in care are treated with dignity and compassion.

"It's an important part of what we do.

"When someone is in a care home it doesn't mean to say they are any less of a person and making sure they are treated as an individual.

"Dignity is one of our themes of the month and but we'll be celebrating it every year.

The day also saw residents write messages on leaves on a "dignity tree" saying what the thought dignity and respect meant to them.

Singer Cosh Fallows also treated the residents to a performance.