School brings festive cheer to the elderly

Morpeth's KEVI students sing Christmas carols for residents (left to right-centre of pic) Margaret Purvis, Margaret Canner, Eileen Percival, Betty Barrett and Audrey Orde of Howard Castle Care Home at Dacre Street, Morpeth.

Morpeth's KEVI students sing Christmas carols for residents (left to right-centre of pic) Margaret Purvis, Margaret Canner, Eileen Percival, Betty Barrett and Audrey Orde of Howard Castle Care Home at Dacre Street, Morpeth.

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A GROUP of teenagers brought some Christmas cheer to Morpeth pensioners.

After having a discussion about what they could do to help the community, form class 12 SC at King Edward VI School decided to go carol singing at residential homes across the town.

The 23 students sang classics such as We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Away in a Manger and Winter Wonderland at Northlands nursing home, St Christopher’s House, Foxton Court, Howard Castle Care Centre and Riverside House.

The residents were also able to make donations to cancer research charity The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

One of the group of 16 and 17-year-olds, Samantha Jenkinson, said: “The people in these homes are among the most vulnerable in society so we thought it would be nice to visit them and sing carols and other Christmas songs.

“We all had a lot of fun in each home and we also enjoyed talking to the residents about what they would be doing at Christmas.”

Activities Co-ordinator at Howard Castle Care Centre Janice Rice said: “Our residents really enjoyed the festive songs and it started the day off quite nicely as they had their Christmas party in the afternoon.

“The students were lovely and they came in and left quietly.

“They had a chat with the residents, introduced each song and encouraged them to join in.”