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Sunderland community brings festive cheer to sick and elderly at Christmas

Chelsea Nesbit, front, with 79 year old Dorothy Thorpe,  fellow Monkwearmouth School pupils and local residents at the pupils Christmas Party for local pensioners.

Chelsea Nesbit, front, with 79 year old Dorothy Thorpe, fellow Monkwearmouth School pupils and local residents at the pupils Christmas Party for local pensioners.

SANTA visited care homes to help spread Christmas cheer among elderly and sick residents.

The gift-giving at Greenside Court, in Thorney Close, and Barnes Court, High Barnes, followed a fundraising drive.

The Bounce ‘n’ Boom dance group, based at Pallion Action Group, and Northumbria Police joined forces to raise money for the event, which saw dozens of presents handed out.

Organiser John Reay said: “A teacher at the dance group recently lost her nana, so we decided to hand out gifts at the care homes.

“The residents really enjoyed it.”

Elsewhere, youngsters at Monkwearmouth Academy hosted a festive party for 80 pensioners.

Businesses and supermarkets donated presents for the celebration at the Torver Crescent school.

Organisers of the care home visits are also hoping to give the remaining gifts to elderly householders across Wearside.

To request a present, email johnreay2011@hotmail.co.uk

 

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