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Plenty of smiles at event for tenants

Northumberland College Travel and Tourism students hold a coffee afternoon at St Christopher's House at Morpeth (left to right-back row) Kimberley Willcox, Megan Trewick, Lauren Marshall, Carly Edminson and (front two-left to right) resident Rob Wilson and Scheme Manager David Sinyard.
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Northumberland College Travel and Tourism students hold a coffee afternoon at St Christopher's House at Morpeth (left to right-back row) Kimberley Willcox, Megan Trewick, Lauren Marshall, Carly Edminson and (front two-left to right) resident Rob Wilson and Scheme Manager David Sinyard. REF 0512136388

GETTING out and about enabled a group of teenagers to put on an action-packed afternoon of fun for tenants at a Morpeth retirement property.

Free prize bingo, a raffle and tombola and a Christmas carol sing-along were among the activities that took place at St Christopher’s House in Kirkhill after fund-raising was carried out by 13 Northumberland College students.

They used the money collected from holding a cake sale at the college and doing a five-mile sponsored walk to purchase the prizes and refreshments.

The sheltered housing scheme in Abbey Meadows was chosen because one of the students knows it well – her mother was employed as a care worker for someone who lived there – and suggested that it would be an ideal venue for the event.

It provides purpose-built housing for rent for people over the age of 55.

Scheme manager David Sinyard said: “We were really pleased when we were approached by the students because our tenants love to get involved in the local community, especially with our younger people.

“We are impressed by the effort that they have put in to make this a successful and fun afternoon and wish them luck for the future. They will certainly be welcomed back here should they wish to organise anything else.”

The group all study travel and tourism at the college and the event was organised as part of their coursework.

Denise Dunn, Head of Faculty at Northumberland College, said: “As a college we’re always keen to support the community where we can.

“I’m proud of our students’ initiative and events like this provide them with the opportunity to develop communication and team working skills, which are essential in the travel and tourism sector.”

The afternoon added to the range of activities that have been held at St Christopher’s House this year, including coffee mornings, a theatre afternoon and quiz nights.

 

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