Neighbours notch up school cash

Holding the cheque Rob Wilson and Nacey Towers along with some of the other tennants from ST Christophers House , Children from the school and the ST Christopher managers Irene Wilson , Jane Ashcroft and David Sinyard
Holding the cheque Rob Wilson and Nacey Towers along with some of the other tennants from ST Christophers House , Children from the school and the ST Christopher managers Irene Wilson , Jane Ashcroft and David Sinyard

FUND-RAISING is child’s play for generous Morpeth residents.

Tenants and staff at St Christopher’s House in Abbey Meadows have been hard at work collecting cash to support projects at the nearby Abbeyfields First School.

Residents of the Anchor sheltered housing scheme have organised various events to raise funds.

And an impressive total of £1,100 has been gathered.

The money will be used by the school to buy new playground equipment, as well as colourful benches for the communal garden and allotment area.

St Christopher’s House Scheme Manager David Sinyard said: “We have had a lot of different events to raise this money, including clothes parties, lunches and coffee mornings, and our tenants have been really generous with their donations.

“We have a really good relationship with the school, with both staff and pupils.

“The tenants have really enjoyed being able to contribute in this way, plus we have had a great time doing it.”

The housing scheme takes part in various projects with the school in an effort to bring the older and younger generations together.

Tenants hold monthly reminiscence days to recall bygone days and they have often invited Abbeyfields pupils along. Earlier this year children were invited to talk to residents about their memories of winter and they took turns singing songs.

Other sessions have included discussions of wartime, with the pupils dressing in 1940s costume, carrying gas masks and singing songs from the period. They talked about what they had learnt about the Second World War and listened to residents’ memories of their experiences.

The children have also enjoyed tea parties and special events at the complex, while residents have been invited to visit the school’s garden and allotment.

Abbeyfields Headteacher Sandra Ford said: “The time we spend with the tenants and managers of St Christopher’s House is very special and we are lucky to have such wonderful neighbours.

“We are grateful to everyone for spending so much time fund-raising and for providing us with fantastic playground markings and much needed seating for our allotment.”

The cheque was presented to the school last week by Anchor Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft.