Bonnets, panackelty and egg hunts as Sunderland’s young and old celebrate Easter together

Pupils from Castle View Academy were visiting nearby St Margaret's Court Care Home to engage in a number of Easter craft activities with the residents. Amy Scott, 12, helps Doris Collinson, 85, try out an Easter bonnet.

Pupils from Castle View Academy were visiting nearby St Margaret's Court Care Home to engage in a number of Easter craft activities with the residents. Amy Scott, 12, helps Doris Collinson, 85, try out an Easter bonnet.

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YOUNG and old gathered together for a day of good old fashioned Easter fun.

Pupils from Castleview Enterprise Academy took time out to visit the residents of St Margaret’s Court, Hylton Road.

Pupils from Castle View Academy were visiting nearby St Margaret's Court Care Home to engage in a number of Easter craft activities with the residents. Shauna Rae, 11 and Shai Newsome, 11 with some of the Easter cakes being served to residents.

Pupils from Castle View Academy were visiting nearby St Margaret's Court Care Home to engage in a number of Easter craft activities with the residents. Shauna Rae, 11 and Shai Newsome, 11 with some of the Easter cakes being served to residents.

The group whipped up a traditional Mackem lunch of panackelty, made Easter bonnets and took part in an Easter egg hunt.

“It was absolutely lovely,” said Ellen Swansten, scheme manager at St Margaret’s Court, which is sheltered housing run by Anchor.

“For lunch the children made panackelty, and we had fresh cream gateaux, which Sainsbury’s gave us.

“Then the mayor presented Easter eggs to the children and they made some fabulous Easter bonnets.”

The partnership, which has been running about three years, is good for both generations according to Ellen.

“In this day and age people have to work so grandparents don’t necessarily get to see their grandchildren very often,” she said. “The Anchor motto is happy living for the years ahead and that is what we strive for.

“The residents really enjoy spending time with the children and when they are together, you can hardly notice an age gap.”

Rachel Cockburn, student wellfare officer at the school, said: “They have an absolutely lovely day and the pupils have spent so much time with the residents that they are comfortable with them and they love every minute of it.

“We see them chatting together.”

The group made the trip to spend time with their elderly friends as part of the Mayor’s Award scheme.

Rachel, said: “The pupils are working towards the Mayor’s Award, which is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award but it is Sunderland based and for 11 to 14-year-olds.’’

The Easter egg hunt raised more than £120 for a charity of the pupils’ choice.