A Watford-based charity has delivered more than 5,000 activity books to elderly residents to help tackle loneliness during the pandemic.

Small Acts of Kindness, which has been working across Hertfordshire for six years, aims to help the most vulnerable by delivering gifts to support their mental well-being. 

The latest scheme involves the activity books - which have been designed to keep residents' minds active in a fun and relaxing way.

Recently the charity received a £250 grant from The McCarthy Stone Foundation, which provides support through grants, volunteers and other resources.

Hillingdon Times: More than 5,000 activity books have been delivered across HertfordshireMore than 5,000 activity books have been delivered across Hertfordshire

The foundation's founding manager, Graeme Marsh, said: "We want to support grassroots organisations such as Small Acts of Kindness, as they really make a positive impact with their work.

"We hope this grant helps the team to continue its excellent work supporting older people in Hertfordshire who might be experiencing loneliness during these challenging times."

Lynne Misner, CEO at Small Acts of Kindness, thanked the foundation for its "generous" grant, adding: "While it has been a particularly challenging year for so many vulnerable people, we know that little things can make a big difference to those who are feeling lonely or isolated.

"We hope our activity books are able to help older people in our community feel cared for, while also bringing them a smile and happiness."