School visits prove a recipe for success

Kate McNally and Gill Duncan, both from Eastwood, have been named health and wellbeing champions as part of the team running the Warburtons School Visitors programme.
Kate McNally and Gill Duncan, both from Eastwood, have been named health and wellbeing champions as part of the team running the Warburtons School Visitors programme.

Providing cookery classes to primary school pupils has bagged an Eastwood bakery team a national award.

School visitors at Warburtons’ Eastwood bakery have been delivering food classes to more than 2,500 children in and around the town over the last year.

And this week, the team was recognised for its work at the Food and Drink Federation Awards.

Kate McNally and Gill Duncan, both from Eastwood, have been named health and wellbeing champions, as part of the team running the Warburtons school visitors programme.

Gill and Kate deliver workshops to primary school classes which introduce children to the basics of cookery and the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.

In the last year, they have engaged with almost 2,500 pupils across 83 schools.

Gill, who is based at the company’s site at Meadowbank Way, Mushroom Farm, Eastwood, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for this award.

“The local community’s appetite for the programme has been really positive, which shows schools are clearly seeing the need to educate children about food and nutrition from a young age.

“A good diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

“We look forward to visiting even more schools this year, as we introduce children to one of life’s most important skills.”

Warburtons was shortlisted alongside other well-known companies, and won for enriching food education among school children across the UK.

Warburtons is a national family-owned bakery chain, founded in 1876 and famous for its bread.

The Warburtons brand is the most popular bread in the UK, with a 24 per cent share of the market.

Its Eastwood bakery opened in 1994.