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The original idea for the event came from Year 11 pupil Demi Turnbull who was moved to action following a TV news report highlighting the loneliness of many elderly people. She commented “I think that young people, particularly teenagers, get a lot of bad press. I wanted to do something to help bridge the generation gap and give something back to the community. I was inspired by the “Big Tea’ event ran by the Independent Age organisation”. Once the seed was planted, Demi enlisted the help of her friend Jayden Blacklock who went about raising funds through a cake sale, as well as contacting care homes to canvass interest. She commented “I would like to give a big thanks to all those who have helped us including staff, the pupils who are putting on performances and the PTA for contributing toward funds for the event. I have really enjoyed contacting the Care Homes and have learned a lot from the experience”.
 
Jayden and Demi’s bank holiday Monday was spent baking, and they both very much enjoyed the event.
 
The event was a great success and our guests asked if it could be repeated.
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