Students cook up a treat for elderly residents

Belong resident Mike Jenkinson, staff member Angela Parry, Experience Day customer Rita Grundy and residents Norma Gee and Nellie Williams
Belong resident Mike Jenkinson, staff member Angela Parry, Experience Day customer Rita Grundy and residents Norma Gee and Nellie Williams
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WIGAN students donned their chef hats to rustle up a feast for the elderly.

Visitors from the Belong Village in Atherton were in for a treat when Year 10 youngsters from Fred Longworth High invited them round for a fine dining experience.

The students, who have been practising their cookery skills as part of a Prince’s Trust xl club award, enjoyed the chance to demonstrate what they’d learned, to an appreciative audience.

Nicola Beaver, Activities Co-ordinator at Belong Atherton, said: “The best part for me was seeing our customers and the students mixing.

“Hearing two generations laughing about their school days as they traded stories was a real high point for me. We were overwhelmed by the effort that the students had gone to, and felt very welcome.

“The students were a credit to their school, and we’re already planning ways to work together again in future.”

Their guests made the trip from households at the Belong community village, on Mealhouse Lane, where residents are given advanced support for daily living activities, including specialist nursing and dementia care.

The meal, which was cooked and served by the students, included homemade lemonade, fish and chips served in newspaper cones followed by spotted dick and custard.

Belong resident Elsie Gerrard said: ”It’s so nice for people to do something so kind for us, especially local young people.”

Nellie Williams added: “Everything was lovely, including the food and service. I really enjoyed our visit to the school. It was smashing.”