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Staff and students spread Christmas cheer

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Staff and students at Bishop Auckland College have worked together to organise a day for elderly members of the local community and help combat loneliness at Christmas. This was organised together with Age UK as part of their ‘Come Eat Together’ campaign, which the college regularly supports through events and fundraising.

The event was attended by over forty members of the local community, who were greeted by our Health and Social Care students. They enjoyed a luxurious three-course Christmas dinner, prepared and served by Catering students and their tutor Graham Kennedy, as well as tea and coffee afterwards. After this they enjoyed an exclusive performance of ‘Robin Hood’, a pantomime organised and performed by the College’s Performing Arts students.

The day finished with a free raffle for all guests, including hampers which featured generous donations from local supermarkets Tesco and Sainsbury’s. All the guests left with a prize and a smile on their face!

The event coincided with a week long campaign by Health and Social Care students to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society and the fight against dementia. They have also dressed up as elves and organised a raffle to help fund raise for the cause.

Overall the event was a great success, with guests praising the quality of the food cooked for them, the politeness of the students and the friendly festive atmosphere at the college.