Everyone loves Mr Whippy, and residents at a local care home were delighted to receive a surprise visit from the ice cream man to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

With its distinctive jingle playing, the brightly-coloured ice cream van pulled up outside New Care’s Ashlands Manor on Ashlands in Sale, delighting residents and carers alike by serving classic Mr Whippy 99s in cones or cartons complete with raspberry sauce and a Cadbury Flake.

A real conversation starter, the visit from Mr Whippy had residents at Ashlands Manor reminiscing about their many fond memories of the ice cream van from days gone by.

Resident at Ashlands Manor, Anne Kitching, said: “During the war when I was a child, there were never any ice cream vans – it was an unheard of luxury. So, when my children were growing up, it was a real treat for me too. Having the ice cream van come to Ashlands was such a welcome surprise!”

Home manager at Ashlands Manor, Isobel Scott, said: “The surprise visit from Mr Whippy was fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed by our residents and staff.  It was wonderful to see so many smiles and happy faces and hear so many fond memories from many years ago.”

The visit to Ashlands Manor was part of a wider activity taking in all 10 of New Care’s award winning care homes across the UK during National Ice Cream Month (July).  Covering just over 450 miles in two days, the van visited Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Nottinghamshire serving up more than 600 ice creams.

Ashlands Manor is an expertly designed, state-of-the-art care facility with an exceptional clinical offering that includes residential, dementia and 24-hour nursing care services.  The home features elegant private bedrooms with en suite wet rooms, stylish communal lounges and dining rooms, a hairdresser, nail bar and secure beautifully landscaped gardens.