Day out treat thanks to kids

Clio Smith, 10, with Harry Maddocks, Irene Wilmott and Scott Golder-Smith, 10.
Clio Smith, 10, with Harry Maddocks, Irene Wilmott and Scott Golder-Smith, 10.
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Meet the community-spirited youngsters determined to put a smile on the faces of local pensioners.

Generous pupils from Blackpool’s Holy Family Primary School have been fund-raising to get enough money together to treat residents at Pennystone Court nursing home to a day in the sun at Stanley Park.

The four kind-hearted 10-year-olds – Dezzie Baker, Holly Lever, Clio Smith and Scott Golder-Smith – and their classmates at the school on Seacrest Avenue, North Shore, have been selling ice pops to raise funds for the trip.

And teachers say it has been a vital lesson for youngsters about the importance of working for the good of the community.

Jane Mather, the school’s learning mentor, said: “It’s all about community cohesion, to get the children to work with people in the community.

“It’s giving something back to the community.”

The youngsters took four residents to Stanley Park to feed the birds and enjoy drinks at the cafe.

Holly said: “It’s nice to give them a day out and make them happy.”

One of the residents, Irene Wilmott, 90, said: “The day very much lifted my spirits. The children did a wonderful job, we’ve a lot to thank them for.”

Marian Taylor, 89, added: “It was delightful. It’s the kind of thing we used to do for parents or grandparents.

“It’s closing that gap between generations.”

Youngster Scott said: “It’s nice spending time with people from Pennystone Court, they like being around children. I hope they enjoyed it.”

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