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Gateshead couple help elderly residents care for hens

23 January 2013 Last updated at 08:10 GMT

A couple in Gateshead have been spending their free time helping the elderly get outdoors to care for a group of hens.

Steven and Sylvia Surtees volunteer at sheltered housing in Pelaw, which has acquired six hens.

Mr Surtees said it was "unbelievable" how much "enjoyment" he got from volunteering.

The free range hens are named after those who care for them.