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Nairn Academy pupils work to provide elderly people with Christmas treats

By Donald Wilson

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Some of the pupils baked these treats for residents.
Some of the pupils baked these treats for residents.

Pupils have put donations from local businesses to good use.

The Heat and Treat project follows donations from R&R Urquhart Solicitors and Estate Agents, West End Garage, Gordon’s Timber, Ashers Bakery and Springfield Housing.

Parcels of kindling and wood have been donated to Nairn Academy, with students packing it and selling it to school staff with open fires, using the resulting funds for the project.

Teacher Jacky Davidson said: “The pupils have been very enthusiastic and we contacted the warden at Trust Housing’s Whinnieknowe Gardens where there are 30 residents to ask what they would like for Christmas.

“We have now made up lovely parcels including socks, gloves, sleeping bags, tablet, shortbread and cakes.

“George Asher invited a group of young bakers from the school to the bakery at Balmakeith to make some treats and they had great fun.

Ben Wilson check's his baking at Ashers
Ben Wilson check's his baking at Ashers

“The bakers spent an afternoon decorating a tree and Santa shortbread which was delivered to school along with individual tins to be packed into parcels by pupils.”

The pupils will visit the Whinnieknowe complex next week to distribute the parcels. One pupil has also made up Christmas crackers with some sweets for the neighbouring Whinnieknowe Care Home.

“We have had great fun putting together and parcelling up the gifts to provide some festive spirit in these difficult times,” Ms Davidson said.

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