THE Easter bunny enlisted the help of two kind-hearted sisters to help share some joy.

Sisters Sophia and Poppy Stonehouse used their hard-earned pocket money to buy Easter eggs for elderly residents of extra care housing.

The tale (or should that be ‘tail’) began when the father of Fiona, the manager of Petypher House, contacted the Oxford Mail on Thursday evening.

Fiona’s father, Tim Grant, explained that Fiona works very hard to make life fun for the residents and, because of lockdown, they wouldn’t be able to see their families this Easter. He said he lives 90 minutes away and, due to work, was unable to help.

He wondered if the Oxford Mail knew anyone who might be able to deliver some Easter eggs to Petypher House in Kingston Bagpuize and give the residents something to smile about this Easter.

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Husband and wife Samantha and Simon Stonehouse run Lamb Catering and The Black Boy pub at Headington. During the lockdown, the pub has been running as a community shop.

Whilst Samantha and Simon said they would be happy to help out with the Easter egg delivery, when their daughters Sophia and Poppy found out, they offered to do something special - they donated their pocket money to buy the chocolate eggs for the elderly residents of Petypher House.

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They dropped off the eggs on Saturday and were greeted by big smiles from the residents - although they couldn’t hand out the eggs due to social distancing rules.

Mrs Stonehouse said: “The girls used their pocket money they’ve been earning from helping us in the shop after their home-schooling sessions with Simon and I. “They absolutely love doing things like this and if they could have given them out they would have jumped at the chance and found it hard not to go up and hug everyone.”

Petypher House said a ‘very big thank you’ to the girls and that they had made the residents ‘very happy.’ The Black Boy's community shop sells fresh produce from its suppliers including dairy products, meat, vegetables and bread flour.

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Being a pub, it also sells a wide range of beers, wine and soft drinks.

It also offers deliveries and a takeaway menu - pick up only.

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