Student’s initiative to help combat loneliness in older age

Year 10 students at Hinchley Wood School organised a Big Tea Party for the elderly residents of Hinchley Wood and the surrounding communities.

Following an assembly presentation on ‘altruism’ and Christmas campaigns highlighting loneliness in the elderly, the Year 10 students decided they wanted to do something that would help. Their idea was to organise an afternoon of tea, cakes, games and musical performances.

They spread the word around the local communities and on Friday, 14th February they hosted over 80 guests. With the support of staff, the students transformed the school’s assembly hall into a giant café, complete with table cloths, balloons and table decorations. As the guests were entertained with musical performances, a huge team of students waited on tables. A quiz, featuring questions on music, film and general knowledge from an appropriate era, saw a competitive spirit coming through!

Thanks to an amazing response from students and parents to a request for raffle prizes, there were five tables creaking under the weight of donations and as the raffle was free nearly everyone went home with something. A Bingo session and more music completed a very enjoyable and successful
afternoon.

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