There was a fantastic surprise for Alex Hammond this April when his favourite restaurant Greggs ‘opened’ a pop-up shop at his care home.

Staff at Maes Y Rhyddid care home managed to pull off the ultimate treat for Alex by recreating the Greggs experience in their sensory room, much to the delight of all the people they support.

Since the coronavirus lockdown began, Alex hasn’t been able to make his weekly trip to Greggs and he’d been feeling down about it.

So, Home Manager Ashley Nisbet and his team got to work on a special Greggs sign and then went all out to stock their own version of the high street favourite.

Ashley said: “Alex loves going to Greggs and he was finding it difficult to understand why he couldn’t go along as usual.

“We came up with the idea of bringing Greggs to him and everyone pitched in. We made the familiar ‘Greggs’ sign, put a menu together, bought the Greggs pasties that they sell in Iceland and made special take out bags.

“When Alex saw it, he said, ‘I can’t believe you’ve got me a Greggs! You are the kindest manager in the world.’ That made my day.”

All the people supported at Maes Y Rhyddid enjoyed visiting the pop-up Greggs and were able to choose from drinks, crisps, doughnuts, iced fingers, custard tarts and the pasties.

The surprise went down so well that Ashley and the team are now planning to run a different pop-up takeout over the next few weeks for each person they support.

Ashley said: “It’s KFC next week and then an Indian takeaway the following one, we’re having lots of fun planning it out.

“We are looking forward to seeing the reactions from the people we support as we bring their favourite food places to them!”