Project helps cook up a hit

Youngsters on the National Citizen Service (NCS) at their pop up restaurant at the Rising Sun Farm.
Youngsters on the National Citizen Service (NCS) at their pop up restaurant at the Rising Sun Farm.

A tasty treat was in store for visitors to a farm.

Youngsters on the National Citizen Service (NCS) opened a pop-up restaurant at the Rising Sun Farm, Wallsend, as part of the programme.

Diners chose from a lunchtime or early evening sitting with starters of udon noodles or vegetable miso soup, a main of Japanese honey katsu curry and a desert of mango cream crumble.

They were given the option of deciding how much they thought the meal was worth with the proceeds going to North Tyneside Disability Forum.

Zea Arcillas, 16, said: “We chose to support North Tyneside Disability Forum because we wanted the money we raise to be of a real benefit to our area.

“We had to cook our own food during the home residential phase. This gave us an idea to take these new found skills further and create a pop-up restaurant.”

“We want to thank all of the kind people for their donations.”

St Thomas More RC Academy student Michael O’Day, 16, of Howdon, said: “We had a meeting with North Tyneside Disability Forum and they were thrilled that we wanted to support their cause.

“They gave us t-shirts, banners and flyers so that we could raise awareness into the great work that they do.”

Antonia Slattery, 16, added: “I didn’t think I’d be spending my summer holiday organising a meal for local business people but I am, and it’s been so worthwhile.”

Lisa Goodwin, chief executive of VODA, said: “The young people were fantastic and they’ve created a friendly atmosphere.

“The food was really tasty and the service second to none; you can tell that they really cared about making this a success.”

National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to 16 and 17-year-olds across England.

The next NCS programme will be running in the October half-term and is open to Year 12 and 13 students who are aged under 18.

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