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QE students show the true spirit of Christmas

Date Posted: 15/12/2016 | Posted In: Latest news

Students showed their very generous sides by supporting the local community at a special Christmas service.

Guests from Darlington’s Town Mission, Ventress Hall Care Home and Age UK Darlington enjoyed the event organised by QE students which consisted of singing carols, playing games of bingo, taking part in raffles and tombolas and having a lunch. There were also opportunities for plenty of chatting and the QE students were keen to forge relationships with people who might not always get the chance to have company. In addition, the older people were entertained by Year 6 children from Dunn St. Primary school in Jarrow who performed festive songs and stories including a chocolate-based version of the Nativity.

Doreen Lockheart, one of the senior citizens brought to QE by the Town Mission, says “It has been beautiful coming to the College and meeting people. I have been to this event for the past three years and I always enjoy it. Listening to the children singing was lovely. I can’t do without the Town Mission.

A significant part of the service was handing over a collection for King’s Food Bank in Darlington. QE’s Travel and Tourism students issued each tutor group in College with a list of basic items the Food Bank needs, along with a collection bag. The returns have been outstanding with a huge quantity of food being kindly donated from right across the College.

Caroline Todd from King’s Food Bank, who spoke at the service, comments “I would like to thank all QE students for bringing in their donations and for the overwhelming support we have received in the College and across the town. The hearts of people in Darlington are beautiful.

The service was a great success and put everyone in the Christmas spirit with QE students enjoying the gift of giving – their time, food and friendship.