STAFF at a Sale care home pushed the boat out – literally – to ensure residents could enjoy a holiday.

The residents of Bradley House enjoyed daily trips over a four-day period along the Macclesfield Canal in an adapted canal boat.

Residents relaxed and enjoyed picturesque views, as well as enjoy meals out as part of their holiday, which took place during the summer before enhanced restrictions were brought in.

Helen Bange, manager of Bradley House, said: “This trip it is one of our favourite activities and it is a lovely relaxing time along the canal with beautiful views, feeding the ducks and waving to everyone along the way.

“Normally we invite families and our volunteers to come along but unfortunately this year we had to take measures to protect our residents. Thanks to all our amazing staff for making this trip possible by giving up their free time and annual leave to come along and make it happen.”

Staff at the home, which cares for elderly people with dementia, put in extra work to ensure the trip could go ahead.

Monica Temple, activities co-ordinator added: “It was a lot of extra work compared with our normal trips but it was well worth it."

Cllr Jo Harding, adult social care executive member, said: “Seeing the pictures of the residents on the barge enjoying themselves brought a tear to my eye. Coronavirus restrictions have made this period a difficult time for care homes but staff are still going above and beyond to look after residents and make sure they enjoy a high quality of life.”