Pupils hold festive gift drive for Preston’s vulnerable communities

Kind-hearted pupils are helping to spread cheer among children who will be spending the festive season in hospital.

More than 500 pupils have been busy raising funds through bake sales to buy gifts for children at The Royal Preston Hospital.

The pupils raised more than one thousand pounds which has enabled them to buy around 100 gifts for children who will be spending the festive period in the hospital’s Children’s Ward.

The charitable work forms part of the school’s annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, which takes place across all 28 schools that are part of the multi-academy trust, Star Academies.

Muhammed Matadar, Assistant Principal at Eden Boys’ School, Preston, said:

“It really shows the best of humanity at a special time of year when there are children who will not be at home with their loved ones.  “These gifts are our way of hopefully brightening up what can be an upsetting experience for children in hospital.  We are very proud of our pupils who have really thrown their support behind this wonderful local cause. Our local community is at heart of our school and we are always working to help make a difference to those in need.”

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said:

“At Star Academies, we are committed to nurturing our pupils to develop a genuine desire to support those less fortunate than themselves. The festive season is one of the times in our school calendar when we step up our efforts to offer a helping hand to those in need. Once again this year, it is extremely heartening to see our pupils, parents and staff embrace our Winter Gift Programme by reaching out into their communities to put smiles on the faces of the most vulnerable. Together, we want to ensure that no one in our community is without company, a card or gift at the time of year when our country is celebrating a national holiday.”

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