Staff and residents at a North Shields care home helped a colleague mark a special anniversary.
Family and friends also turned out at Holmlea Care Home, in Linskill Terrace, to congratulate care assistant Helen Rickaby on 25 years’ service.
Helen became a care assistant at the small family-run home in November 1991, at the age of 20.
Proprietors, Mr and Mrs Kerr gave a presentation to Helen to mark her dedicated service over 25 years at an annual Holmlea fair.
Mr Kerr said it was rare for anyone to reach the milestone in the care industry and Helen has been a valued and well-respected member of the care staff for more than 25 years.
He added he hoped she would continue to provide excellent care at Holmlea for many years to come.