A COFFEE and cake morning at an Ellesmere Port care home was organised by teenagers from a school for pupils with behavioural difficulties.
Year 9 pupils from Archers Brook School, on Chester Road, have been visiting Aaron Court Care Home, on Princes Road, weekly as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.
During the latest visit, they sold cakes they had baked at school to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Macmillan is the 2019/20 chosen charity of the Hill Care Group, which operates Aaron Court Care Home, among others across the north of England.
After hearing residents, staff and visitors had been fundraising for the charity for nearly a year, the pupils decided to show their support.
The six pupils, all 13 to 14 years of age, raised £35 from their coffee and cake morning, which will be added to the home’s total for the year.
Amy Jones, activities coordinator at Aaron Court Care Home, said: “The pupils do a few things at the home as they visit every Friday.
“They’ve been painting one of our sheds and throughout warmer months they are going to be transforming the garden for us.
“With the winter months, we are trying to do some indoor activities, where they can spend time with the residents.
“The cake sale was entirely their idea and they did an amazing job, raising a fantastic amount for such a worthy cause.
“Everyone at Aaron Court is hugely grateful for their ongoing support and we look forward to our ongoing partnership with the school.”
David Steadman, a teacher at Archers Brook School, said: “Archers Brook is a SEMH school who have just started the Duke of Edinburgh award for the first time in its history.
“Year 9L are the pupils participating and as part of their volunteering and skills section have been visiting Aaron Court Care Home on a weekly basis since September.
“They have been maintaining the gardens to a high standard and meeting the residents. The coffee and cake morning was also a real success.
“The pupils baked the tasty cakes themselves in school the day before. All the pupils enjoyed making the tea’s and coffees and handing the fresh cakes out.
“You could see the positive impact on pupils, guests, staff and residents interacting with each other forging strong community links. A thoroughly fun morning was had by all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.”