Young people took part in a wide-ranging, imaginative Winter Celebration and raised money for the eating disorders charity, Beat.

This year’s Winter Celebration included young people devising and acting in famous roles from literature, many musical performances and Christmas songs in sign language.

There were also factual presentations, for example, with the key stage three Geography group showing how people around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways. Around 12 young people of different ages were involved in the range of performances.

The teachers stepped up too, performing their own rendition of the Shakin’ Stevens song ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ and there was a Christmas quiz.

In addition to the performances, many of the young people on the unit worked hard to create a range of craft items (Christmas cards and painted candle holders) which were sold to parents and staff. A stall was set up following the performances and parents were invited to purchase items, with all profits going to Beat, the national charity supporting people with eating disorders and raising awareness. A total of £95 was raised.

Nicola Winslow, Head of James Brindley School at Newbridge, commented: “The Winter Celebration is a longstanding tradition at Newbridge House. It is an important part of our year in the way it brings family members to Newbridge for a positive celebration and reflection.

“Some of our young people are not keen on performing in a traditional sense and we understand this but find ways to include as many people as possible in ways they feel comfortable. Many young people worked hard to create the craft items and were really pleased to raise money for Beat.

“I would like to thank our young people for all their work, enthusiasm and willingness to contribute, bringing everyone together for a great celebration of many different talents.”