A WEST Wight ice cream parlour is giving away free treats to local children to give them a boost due to the stressful time they may have experienced during lockdown.

Jane Randall, who owns Scoops, Yarmouth, gave away 80 filled ice cream cones to children at St Saviour's Primary School and West Wight Nursery in Totland this week, following an earlier visit to Yarmouth Primary School.

Jane took over the parlour from long-serving Mick and Jane Wheeler last summer.

She said: "l worked with some socially excluded children in the North West many years ago and have seen the impact small steps included in regular life can have on children, so I wanted that to happen for our local kids.

"As a business owner, as a parent, as someone who cares, I have taken one very small step to alleviate some of the impact of these strange times by taking ice cream to the children."

Jane moved to Freshwater when she was 11 and her late mother Grenda Hurt was ordained vicar of St James, Yarmouth, in 2000.

She added: "After a generous donation helped kick-start the fund I delivered ice cream and cones to St Saviour's and West Wight Nursery this week having already dropped some off at Yarmouth Primary School.

"It is part of my mission to give as many children as possible a summer ice cream treat.

"It's a small but simple way of giving local children a treat in a summer that has been incredibly stressful for them, their families and the community.

"Many children who have attended school have key worker parents and may have been both proud but also concerned for their parents.

"I hope an ice cream shows that as a community we are proud of the children for coping so well.

"I am mainly self funding this mission and would love to do more, despite this latest generous donation. So, if any local school or group would like to be considered, drop me a message.

"If people are able to help fund any ice creams, I will be able to reach more children before the end of term."