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Students raise nutrition and hydration awareness with giant tea party

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Students in Jersey have raised awareness of hydration and nutrition, particularly in the care home sector, by organising a giant tea party.

The Biggest Afternoon Tea Party was held at Highlands College in Jersey, simultaneously along with 14 other venues including care homes.

Meant to raise awareness of hydration and nutrition for Global Nutrition and Hydration week, Travel and Tourism students organised a morning seminar with speakers from different areas of the care industry, including Roger Denton from the National Association of Care Caterers and Tom Grant from Nutricia.

The tea parties themselves began at 3pm, with more than 98 guests turning out to the college and many more at the various care homes, including staff and family and friends of residents. Each guest at the college received a scone and cup of tea, along with the opportunity to participate in a raffle.

For their course, students are required to manage and plan an event, and they also wanted to help the community, which inspired them to create the care home tea party. They managed it all in 8 weeks, something Victoria Errington, one of the students who organised the event, said was relatively hard and stressful.

“We had to contact so many suppliers, entertainers and many more people that it took a long time and at the beginning not many people were interested,” Ms Errington said. “Then, after a few days we were starting to get people and that was a great sign”.

The students also intended to break a Guinness World Record.

The current world record for afternoon teas served is 736, and they intend to break it with 800 teas served, although they won’t find out for another two to three months while Guinness processes their application.

The record wasn’t the main point, however: having fun was.

“The best part about the event was seeing everyone having fun and enjoying themselves, which was very important to us,” says Ms Errington.

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