School hosts annual ‘Caring at Christmas’ lunch

Bingo in full swing (photo via Dunottar)


More than a hundred elderly residents in the Redhill and Reigate area were treated to a Christmas meal, as Dunottar Parent Teacher association again hosted its ‘Caring at Christmas’ lunch at Dunottar School on Saturday 8 December 2018.

The annual event, which began four years ago, aims to provide a festive day of entertainment and a traditional Christmas meal and company to members of the community who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone.

Dunottar’s catering staff gave up their time to cook a tasty Christmas lunch for the 106 elderly guests who attended.  After this, there was carol singing, led by pupils, followed by bingo to round the day off.

Around 70 students helped at the event at which one gentleman was celebrating his 88th birthday, and who received a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday and a decorated birthday cake.

Volunteer parents, staff and community members transported their guests to and from the event, with attendees taking home a bag of gifts, paid for by pupils.

Nicola Wintle, who is both a teacher and parent at Dunottar, said:

“We were extremely privileged to spend the day with our guests.

The students learn so much during their chats as they host the event, and there was a powerful sense of community in the room.

It shows the pupils the difference their actions can make to the lives of others.

We look forward to this day all year—and 2018 lived up to our expectations.”

Headmaster, Mark Tottman, added:

“Dunottar is a school with family values, a caring ethos and a warm heart.

Caring at Christmas brings the whole school community together for an inspiring purpose.”


Dunottar School