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Ice creams donated during extreme heat in act of goodwill

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Mister Softee, Javeed Iqbal visited Chiltern View Care Home in Dunstable this week.

Chiltern View Care Home in Dunstable was visited at lunchtime by Mister Softee, Javeed Iqbal


As the extreme heat peaked, we reached out to local ice cream businesses, with ice cream vans, to see if they could work with us to support any of our care homes yesterday (Tuesday 19 July) by giving the residents free ice lollies - and received an amazing response!

On the day, Chiltern View Care Home in Dunstable was visited at lunchtime by Mister Softee, Javeed Iqbal.

A spokesperson from Chiltern View Care Home, said:

This was an absolute delight for all the staff and residents at Chiltern View. Ice cream is always loved from the ice cream van more than from a tub from the freezer, so their faces are the reason we do what we do. Thank you Mister Softee, my staff and residents were very happy.

The care home did also confirm that they were gifted with a significant amount of free ice creams as well.

Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Adult Social Care at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

It has been so hot and those that are vulnerable are on many of our minds during this period. It’s very kind that local ice cream businesses responded so generously, especially considering how busy they must be at this time. Truly a beautiful gesture.

Monday and Tuesday this week saw temperatures hit almost 40 degrees; triggering a red alert from the Met Office for ‘extreme heat’. In response to this exceptional weather, Central Bedfordshire Council, alongside its partners in health and social care, worked together to make sure the most vulnerable people in our community were kept well and safe through the intense heat.

Once again, Central Bedfordshire Council is really pleased to be able to support their care homes with this act of goodwill. Thank you to those who made it possible.