Northampton special school students have a blast with senior citizens by helping out at pub’s Monday Club

The Swan and Helmet’s weekly club, which started after the first coronavirus lockdown for isolated people worried about socialising, welcomed the Northgate Academy students on Monday (October 11).

The teenagers helped serve lunch and organise the bingo and raffle at the Grove Road pub, all put on by landlady and charity founder, Teresa McCarthy.

“It went really well – the two boys were absolutely fantastic, they fitted in really and the group is so friendly,” she said.

“It gave them some confidence and taught them different skills so it’s really good for us to work with them.”

Around 50 people on average come to the Monday Club organised by the McCarthy-Dixon Foundation, which was started by Teresa at the beginning of the pandemic as a food bank and to help those who were isolating.

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