CHRISTMAS came early for people at a Wearside care home when school pupils treated them to a slap-up lunch.
Youngsters from Castle View Enterprise Academy served up the three-course meal to about 60 residents from St Margaret’s Court care home and people who live nearby.
The annual lunch has been held at the academy since it opened in 2009 and also included singing from the school’s choir.
It is part of the mayor’s award, which sees those taking part learn new skills, help others and take part in various activities in their own time.
Lead technician at Castle View Enterprise Academy, Colin Reed, said it is character building for the pupils as it helps them to gain skills and hobbies, and pay service to the community.
He said: “They worked really well to make it happen.
“They were decorating the room from about 10am, and they served the lunches to the old people.
“This counts towards the mayor’s award, which they will hopefully have by the summer.”
Teacher Jackie Smith added: “Everybody said they enjoyed the Christmas lunch.
“And the older people have loved being with the young people as well, and it shows the young people in a good light.”
A raffle was held as part of the festivities, and representatives from Sainsbury’s attended dressed up in festive costumes including a reindeer, Christmas tree and donkey and gave each of the St Margaret’s residents a present.
Ann Prosen, 69, said: “We had a lovely meal and spoke to a few of the pupils.
“It’s the third year we have been and it is very nice.”
Audrey Simpson, 79, added: “It’s like a family thing really – it’s a community thing.
“It has been a nice day.”
Year nine pupil Eleesha Jaffrey, 13, enjoyed helping out. She said: “It has been a busy day. We spend time with the old people throughout the year – they are friendly and we enjoy it.”
Andrew Chapman, 14, also in Year nine, said: “We served them the food and set up the room, and some people helped to make the mince pies and truffles, and one of the girls dressed up as a turkey.
“They seemed to enjoy it, and we really did.”