Each December, Notre Dame students – led by our lay chaplain Mr Andrew Sullivan – come together to welcome older people from the local community and offer them an afternoon of Christmas entertainment.
So, on 4 December 2019, thirty five people joined us in the lower common room for carols and merriment. They were all treated to great food and good cheer. Our students called bingo, provided table service, and sang and played. One student, Storm Church, even dressed as Father Christmas! At the end of the event, some of our visitors had enjoyed themselves so much that they said they didn’t want to leave.
Thank you to all the students who took part in the event, and made it such an enjoyable occasion for those attending. Special thanks also need to go to the Health & Social Care Department, whose students not only provided table service on the day but also voluntarily give up their time to prepare for the event. This team of ambassadors wrapped a present for each visitor as well as writing them a Christmas card. They volunteered to make mince pies and cupcakes in their own time, gift-wrapping all their home baked goods, and giving up a lunch time to attach an individual message to each one.