11 Ugandan children teamed up with Brighton Hill students and celebrity chef in a “memorable” pop up kitchen on Wednesday, January 22.

The children worked alongside Mark Lloyd in creating a three-course meal for over 60 guests in attendance at the event, including the pastor of the children’s home, Robert Mponye.

Guests were invited to donate money for the meal served at the school which will be used by the rest of the choir members to enhance their visit to the UK by funding the rest of their activities.

Headteacher, Chris Edwards, told the Gazette: “I’ve been involved in some incredible events here at Brighton Hill Community School, but I think this tops them all.

“The joy on the faces of both sets of children was moving and everyone here has been totally inspired by the efforts of these young people. We are so proud of them.”

During the event, the children from the choir would celebrate by performing songs in between courses for the guests in the restaurant.

In preparation for the meal, Mark Lloyd came to the school to give a masterclass with the children, and honing in a range of skills needed for the meal ahead.

He said: “Being able to return to such a great school and work with some amazing young people from Uganda and work with them and Brighton Hill students was incredible for me.

“But none of it would be possible without the enthusiasm of all the students and amazing support from all the staff in the school.

“I can’t wait to come back and spend tome cooking with the students again.”

Over the past 18 months, the school have been raising the funds needed to fly the Ugandan children’s choir over to the UK for a “trip of a lifetime”.

12-year-old student, Talitha Forster, added: “It was an amazing experience where we learnt about a new culture and made friends.

“Whilst chopping onions, we learnt how in Uganda onions don’t have skins. Everything about the afternoon was memorable.”