14:15 Friday 13 December 2013

Party time for senior citizens at De Ferrers' annual celebration

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

HUNDREDS of elderly people got together for festive fun for the annual Senior Citizens’ Party at De Ferrers Academy this week.

A total of 220 older people gathered at the school’s Trent campus for a buffet and entertainment, which was hosted by 150 year 11 pupils.

Groups which attended that event included Tutbury Senior Citizens, Hatton Pensioners’ Luncheon Club and residents from Curtis Court sheltered housing in Horninglow.

Gill Taylor, from Hatton Pensioners’ Luncheon Club, said: “The staff and pupils put so much into these events, the talent of the entertainers and the quality and presentation of the afternoon tea are second to none.

“We always find the pupils there so helpful and friendly and they are a credit to the school.

“On behalf of the 19 of us who attended, a very big thank you and well done.”

As well as a buffet prepared by the pupils, people attending also got to enjoy performances of singing and dancing, and the sign language choir.

To top it off, Father Christmas paid a visit to host a game of bingo.

Vice-principal Micky O’Hare

Pupils at the school have been fund-raising tirelessly for some time to make sure the event can go ahead.

From games of five-a-side football to cake sales and games of ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’, activities have managed to raise £1,000.

The most recent drive for funding was last week, when pupils paid for staff to spend the day at work wearing either a onesie or school uniform.

A large donation was also made by a member of staff at the school.

Denise Starkey offered a sum in memory of her late mother, who enjoyed attending the parties each year.

A spokesman for the school said: “On behalf of the students and De Ferrers Academy we would like to thank Mrs Starkey for her kind donation.”

The senior citizens’ party has been running for 30 years.

It started at Rolleston School and was carried on by De Ferrers.

Anybody who would like to get involved with the event next year, or knows somebody who might like to get involved, is asked to contact De Ferrers in November 2014.

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