ASSISTANTS at Mears Care, based on North Berwick’s Tantallon Road, have been ensuring those in its care get their weekly fix of local news by supplying them with free copies of the East Lothian Courier.

Mears workers knew that one thing senior residents enjoy, even more so during lockdown, is reading their local newspaper so, together with North Berwick Resilience Group, they provided their clients with free copies of the Courier.

Mears Care provides support to people in their own homes throughout Scotland, working from local branch offices in each area.

Carol Rutherford, local service manager for Mears in East Lothian, said: “We were keen to find out what matters to the older people in our care during this crisis, especially when visitors are limited to our care teams during lockdown and social distancing.

“It became clear early on that the local newspaper is a must – and something older people really enjoy reading more and more.

“So when North Berwick Community Resilience Group asked us how they could help us in the community, we agreed together to find a way to ensure we got the local paper to the people we care for every week.

“A huge thank you to North Berwick Community Resilience Group for the free newspapers they provide us to distribute.

“They have also been hugely supportive to our care workers, providing accommodation, hand creams, sweets and biscuits, for which we are extremely grateful.”