FRESH-COOKED waffles and smoothies will soon be on the menu at a school project designed to give youngsters the best possible start to the day.

A breakfast club was set up in Dunbar Grammar School more than two years ago.

Studies have shown the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, particularly in youngsters.

Pupils who eat the morning meal have better concentration and more energy, while research also suggests that those eating breakfast before a test achieve “significantly higher” scores in maths, spelling and reading than those who do not.

Members of the town’s Winterfield Golf Club handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the secondary school’s breakfast club last month.

The tee-riffic donation was welcomed by Erica Sawer, who teaches home economics at the school, which has more than 1,100 pupils.

She said: “Breakfast club has been running for the last two-and-a-half years at Dunbar Grammar School, set up by the home economics department and supported by the whole school, from teachers and pupils volunteering their time to ensure warm toast and juice are available free to all.

“Frequently we are able to provide treats, cereal bars, cakes and muffins and fresh fruit.

“This is all possible with local support from food donations via Asda.

“The generous donation from Winterfield Golf Club will allow us to update equipment and offer fresh-cooked waffles and smoothies.”

'Extremely grateful'

Money was raised through the club’s annual charity day, which has previously raised money for causes including the town’s RNLI.

Willie Daisley, club captain, said: “All the entry fees and stuff like that, raffles, gets put into the charity.

“What we do is cover our expenses and the rest is split between charities.

“What we did last year was £1,000 for Dunbar Grammar School and £1,000 to Foodshare.

“It opens your eyes when you see what these people are doing for those less well off than the rest of us.”

Attention has already turned to the 2024 event, with charities to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

Claire Slowther, Dunbar Grammar School headteacher, welcomed the donation.

She said: “Our breakfast club is an important start to the day for many students.

“We are proud of the fact that we can offer a nutritious breakfast every single day for any student who would like it.

“This donation will allow us to expand our offer and ensure the continuation of the breakfast club.

“We are extremely grateful to Winterfield Golf Club.”