A sixth form in Darlington has helped Christmas come early for the elderly at its yearly party.
Students transformed the dining hall into a winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees, tinsel and gifts in preparation for their guests from the charity which aims to prevent, and provide relief from isolation in the over 80s.
Visitors were greeted by a warm cup of tea along with friendly conversation, and once everyone was seated the entertainment commenced.
The Town Mission were treated to the vocals of head girl, Chelsea Morrison who was accompanied by Kemer Aydin while the other sixth form members were on hand to pour warming tea and pass round a plethora of sausage rolls, mince pies and slices of Christmas cake.
The guests were then put to the test by sixth form student Richard McNamara’s Christmas quiz. Once the quiz was completed community singing along with carols and Christmas songs were next on the agenda as the students warmed their vocal chords.
The Jack Frost party was then brought to a close with Santa’s little helpers who were disguised as students handing out Christmas cards and presents to their guests. Once the party was over their guests headed home full of Christmas cheer!
Polam Hall’s head of sixth form, Sue Dobson said: “This is a great event not only for the Darlington Town Mission but also for our students who have thoroughly enjoyed the organisation of the party as well as the hosting aspect; it is a great way to build stronger relationships between the generations.”
She went on to add: “The Darlington Mission is a wonderful local organisation that works to alleviate loneliness and gives practical advice and assistance to Darlington’s older population, and it’s great to be able to lend support.”
Polam Hall School also organises a Sunshine party in the summer which is now in its 68th year. For more information about other community events Polam Hall is involved with, please go to www.polamhallschool.com.
The school has a sixth form taster day on Friday 30th January 2015. For information on the day itself or to book a place please call 01325 463383 and speak to admissions officer, Jane Craggs.