Pupils at a Ryhope school got to build their own gingerbread houses after Bellway funded a fun festive challenge.

The company, which is building new homes at Barton Meadows in the village, gave St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School £279 to cover the cost of 17 gingerbread house kits and icing, sweets, Smarties and peppermint candy canes.

Working in teams of three and four, 66 pupils in Key Stage 1 assembled and decorated the houses, which were displayed in the school for a day before the children got to eat their own creations.

Mrs J Jobling, Head of School at St Patrick’s, said: “We would like to thank Bellway for their kind donation. The children had great fun building and decorating the houses. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Hayley Teasdale, Sales Manager at Bellway Durham, said: “We thought it would be a lovely gesture and an early Christmas present from us to these pupils to challenge them to build their own gingerbread houses.

“The children loved the creative process and produced some fantastic creations, which I bet tasted even better than they looked.

“At Bellway, we see ourselves as an integral part of the local community and our ongoing relationship with schools and organisations in the village is testament to that. This donation was a great way to help get the children into the festive spirit in the run-up to their Christmas break.”

Bellway is building 60 new homes at Barton Meadows, off Rockliffe in Ryhope. The development was named after a Second World War pilot, who died after crash landing in the village, steering his stricken Halifax bomber away from houses and pit-head workings. His name was Cyril Barton and he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

To find out more about the development call the sales team on 0191 622 1727 or visit https://www.bellway.co.uk/new-homes/durham/barton-meadows.

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