There was a lovely surprise for staff at one Swanton Community Care Sunderland service when a whole street celebrated them during their weekly ‘Clap For Carers’ event.

People living in the residential street in Gateshead wanted to pay tribute to the hard work done by the 12 Swanton staff who support Michelle Charlton and Sam Foster at the supported living service.

The neighbours also made sure that both Sam and Michelle were cheered and celebrated during the heart-warming and emotional moment.

For SCC Service Manager Faye Hunter, it was a beautiful example of how people are lifting up those working in the frontline of social care, as well as in the NHS.

Faye said: “What an incredible moment for our carers – it was difficult to hold back the tears.

“The Thursday ‘Clap For Carers’ has become a vital part of community life, so for the residents of Michelle and Sam’s street to honour our staff was wonderful.

“Social care workers continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community, and we are truly grateful that this small community took the time to clap for our team.”

Michelle and Sam had spent the day creating rainbow artwork to honour key workers. They displayed their poster in their window and when 8pm came, Michelle skipped out into the front garden and danced before taking part in the clapping.

Sam, who is noise sensitive, donned his ear defenders so he could join in the loud clapping and see the fireworks being let off.

Faye said: “Sam loved every second of it, which is fantastic given how loud noises are often too much for him to cope with.

“But he was swept along with the celebratory atmosphere and had a wonderful time. It was a fantastic experience for both Sam and Michelle, and a wonderful boost to our excellent team who support them.”