Students prepare takeaway afternoon tea for vulnerable veterans

Caring students prepared dozens of takeaway afternoon teas which were delivered to the homes of vulnerable veterans by Armed Forces charity volunteers.

The joint effort by Bishop Auckland College and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) commemorated the anniversary of VE Day.

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Each year the college invites veterans into its main Woodhouse Lane campus to take part in a day of activities and refreshments. Due to Covid-19 this was not possible this year, but students were determined to do something to help.

They ran a menu challenge to see who could come up with the best ideas and an afternoon tea came out as the clear winner.

Catering students pulled together the ingredients into a delicious afternoon tea and public services colleagues helped pack the food into portable boxes.

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In all, 78 afternoon teas were prepared and delivered to shielding veterans by the SSAFA.

The charity has aimed to deliver a different item to veterans every two weeks to help support their mental health. For some of the veterans, this is the only outside contact that they have been getting and serves to give them a well needed boost. The deliveries are all made by younger veterans, happy to support the older members.

Collecting the food packs, local SSAFA members stressed to the students just how much of a boost activities like this give vulnerable veterans and how much they look forward to visits.

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The charity said it is now looking to introduce an award for the student who has worked hardest to support its activities.