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Students from Bourne and Spalding run afternoon tea at dementia club


By Pete Woodhouse


National Citizen Service (NCS) students from Spalding Grammar School, Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy ran an afternoon tea at Tonic Health's Dementia Club.

As part of their NCS project, students had to plan the event at the Spalding charity community hub for health and wellbeing at short-notice, relying on donations from local bakeries and firms.

It was the idea of NCS student Thomas Moxon from Weston. The teenagers made sandwiches, cooked eggs and then cut the donated cakes and served them with tea or coffee at Tonic Health.

Service users, carers and NCS students with cakes they brought to tea, (donated by Gemma of Cakesmiths, Kevin Hoyle of The Loft, Conrad and Julie of Holmelea Bakery Pinchbeck, Adam Freeman of Bakkavor). Front is NCS student Emma Clark
Service users, carers and NCS students with cakes they brought to tea, (donated by Gemma of Cakesmiths, Kevin Hoyle of The Loft, Conrad and Julie of Holmelea Bakery Pinchbeck, Adam Freeman of Bakkavor). Front is NCS student Emma Clark

Thomas' mother Jo explained: "The students have one week to organise a project and give 30 hours to a local charity.

"Thomas knows Michael Morris who is chair of the trustees at Tonic Health. It was thanks to Michael that we got a foot in the door.

"He liaised with Michael and Simon Hallam, operations manager at Tonic Health."

James Smith, Travis Tomlinson, Yingli Tang, Emma Clark and Amy Clark
James Smith, Travis Tomlinson, Yingli Tang, Emma Clark and Amy Clark

The Dementia Club uses Tonic Health as a hub to meet and eat. The Thursday afternoon tea was the culmination of a week of community activities to reach the 30 hours' service such as litter-picking.

The students give thanks to the generosity of everyone’s donations and to the following: Conrad and Julie Taylor at Holmelea Bakery, Pinchbeck, for freshly baked bread rolls and two Victoria sandwiches with cream and jam; Kevin Hoyle (The Loft, Spalding) for a coffee and walnut cake; Adam Freeman (Bakkavor) for freshly filled cream cakes and trifles; Gemma Owens (Cakesmiths) for tray bakes, flapjack and gluten free cakes.

Tom Moxon and Cory Lucas
Tom Moxon and Cory Lucas


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