Students donate treats to say Merry Christmas for families on low incomes

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Students at Sandy Upper School were set a challenge during the festive season to help families on low incomes.

Teaching staff asked the pupils to organise a project that would support local families, especially those with young children and teenagers.

Working in conjunction with local reuse charity Preen, the students were asked to donate what they might consider everyday items, such as chocolates, sweets, crisps, boxes of biscuits and bottles of fizzy drinks,

to mention just a few.

The items were distributed by Preen to children and teenagers in the area whose families struggle at this time of year.

Principal Karen Hayward said: “This is just a small gesture to show them that Sandy Upper School students care and will be thinking about them at Christmas. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our students, staff, parents and guardians who contributed to our Christmas Appeal.

“I was completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community and the trolley kindly loaned by Tesco, Sandy, quite simply overflowed with donations, so much so that we had to find additional storage boxes.”

Kathy Lewis, director at Preen, said: “We’re so grateful to the Sandy Upper School students for their fantastic donations. Our food parcels are usually restricted to everyday food items, but they have made sure local children will get lots of Christmas treats and sweets this holiday, too.”

Miss Hayward added: “This shows the community spirit and teamwork we encourage here at Sandy Upper School. It embraces two of our key characteristics ‘Courtesy and Compassion’ that we feel every young person should display. I am extremely proud of our students and what they have achieved in such a short period of time.”