Sunderland children help old folks’ bus get in gear

Barbara Priestman School Deputy Headteacher Sharon Common hands over a cheqe to Bob Lloyd of Bryony Park Nursing home towards a new hoist for their ageing minibus. Also in the picture is Bryony Park resident Ina Dixon 91, and some of the school pupils.

Barbara Priestman School Deputy Headteacher Sharon Common hands over a cheqe to Bob Lloyd of Bryony Park Nursing home towards a new hoist for their ageing minibus. Also in the picture is Bryony Park resident Ina Dixon 91, and some of the school pupils.

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KIND-HEARTED pupils are helping care home residents to get out and about.

Youngsters from Sunderland’s Barabara Priestman School raised cash towards improvements to a minibus for people living at Bryony Park Nursing Home, in Thompson Road, Southwick.

The money will go towards paying for a lift for the bus to help residents get on board so they can enjoy trips out.

The fund-raising effort will also count towards the pupils’ Duke of Edinburgh award scheme bids.

Camille Burdon, administrator at Barbara Priestman School, said: “They have raised £200 through coffee mornings and other activities.

“I think all of the pupils were very pleased with themselves for what they had done.”

She added: “They feel that raising money like this is good, because obviously over the years people have raised a lot of money for our school.”

Bob Lloyd, activities co-ordinator at Bryony Park, said: “We bought the bus second hand for £1,100, but we only had a ramp for the back, so to get this is much better.

“One of the favourite things the residents like is going to Penshaw to feed the horses carrots, so we’ll be able to do that.

“We’ve also got a couple of pantomimes booked in.”

Pupils handed the cheque over at an event at the Meadowside school.

They put on tea and cakes for their visitors, while also singing songs to entertain them.

Bob added: “Everyone had a wonderful day and it was very emotional too.

“We all got a warm welcome and it was a brilliant afternoon.

“We’d like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to the school as it will really make a difference.”

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