A CARE home is offering free packed lunches to struggling families during the half-term holidays.

St Helens Hall Care Home, part of the Sandstone Care Group, is keen to hear from families who would like help.

All information will be kept confidential.

The home is offering home-made packed lunches from Monday through to Friday this week containing a sandwich, drink, fruit, crisps and a biscuit to those who would normally qualify for free school meals.

It follows a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford to provide free meals for children over half term after Ministers ruled out extending free meals beyond term time.

Amanda Clark, manager of St Helens Hall Care Home in Thatto Heath, said: “So many people have seen their incomes reduce during the pandemic and we wanted to do something to help.

“We’ve already had a number of phone calls from local families and lots of lovely comments on our social media. No child should go hungry and we hope that our small gesture will help.”

Ben Challinor, one of the directors of Sandstone Care Group, said: “We felt it was important to get involved in this hugely important initiative. There are lots of families in urgent need and we are delighted to be playing our part.”

For more information and to book a packed lunch please contact the home direct.