A GROUP of South Lakes pupils cooked at Kendal’s Westmorland General Hospital as part of a competition.

The Year 2 children, from St Mark’s Church of England Primary School in the village of Natland, were taking part in the school’s healthy eating competition.

The event was part of the healthy eating project run by teachers Sarah Robinson and Justine Yarker, which teaches the children about different food groups, sugar swaps and the Change4Life project.

With help from the team in the hospital’s catering department, they prepared and cooked a variety of healthy dishes, including chicken, tomato and red pepper kebabs, and homemade flatbread pizzas.

Food on the day was served to staff, volunteers and visitors.

Tracy Litt, catering manager for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, attended the school to help the children devise a healthy menu.

She said: “It’s very important that we teach children about healthy eating from a young age and exercises like this encourage them to look at different types of food.

“It is also a great way for the catering staff at Westmorland General Hospital to inspire young people to cook and share that knowledge with their family and friends.”

Student Molly Hine, seven, added: “I have really enjoyed adding the healthy toppings to make the pizzas.

“All of the staff here have been really helpful and made the day really interesting.”