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Campaign gives cans for grans in borough

Students from Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend who are helping to distribute Christmas hampers.

Students from Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend who are helping to distribute Christmas hampers.

A campaign to help distribute Christmas hampers to elderly people in North Tyneside has proved successful.

Due to the unprecedented success with their ‘Cans-for-Grans’ campaign, students from Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend have had to draft in expert help from Age UK North Tyneside to help widen the distribution.

For the past 30 years Burnside Sixth Form students have hosted the annual senior citizens Christmas party for the local community, which includes afternoon tea, live entertainment, bingo, a present from Santa and a large food hamper with items donated from students and their families.

Now Age UK in North Tyneside has stepped in to help Burnside distribute the cans to older people.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive of Age UK North Tyneside, said: “This campaign shows great initiative, the students are to be applauded for their diligence, which further cements our intergenerational work.

“We were delighted when we were approached to assist.”

 

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