Residents from a Dorset care home were left with ‘smiles and memories’ after a day out with some alpacas.

The residents of Colten Care’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton followed a countryside trail, setting off from the animals’ outdoor pen in Sandy Balls holiday village, up to the True Lovers’ Knot sculpture overlooking Fordingbridge and the Avon Valley.

Resident Joan said: “What wonderful memories. It reminded me of the days when I was raising animals on my farm. I found myself getting quite emotional by the experience.”

Karlene Horswill, Companionship Team Leader at Newstone House said: “A huge thank-you to the Away Resorts team for giving us such a unique opportunity. They made our residents feel extra special on the day.”

Residents were accompanied by alpacas Pip, Dude and Chino who Ms Horswill described as ‘gentle and of easy nature.’

“Curtis was an amazing host who took the time to make sure the residents felt confident handling the alpacas.

“These animals are well-known for their gentle and easy nature, creating a calming effect on the people around them. That ensured it was a lovely, gentle experience for us.

“The smiles and memories given to these residents will last a long time and I am really grateful.”