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Nairn Academy students help make Christmas warmer and sweeter for elderly residents at Whinnieknowe Gardens

By Donald Wilson

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

PUPILS from Nairn Academy have been playing their part to ensure some of the elderly in their community will have some extra treats this Christmas.

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 and students packed the kindling into bags and sold them to school staff with open fires, using the 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. 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 visited the Whinnieknowe complex yesterday (Monday) to distribute the parcels.

One pupil also made up Christmas crackers with some sweets for the neighbouring Whinnieknowe Care Home.

“They wanted to do something for elderly residents in the community because of the cost of living crisis and this was a nice way to give them some Christmas cheer. We are grateful to all the businesses who supported us.”

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