Pupils in charity drive to help Birmingham’s homeless and vulnerable
Young pupils at The Olive School, Birmingham are giving the gift of warmth and comfort to people facing hardship over the festive period.
As part of the school’s Festive Winter Gift Programme, pupils have been taking part in fundraising activities to help vulnerable members of their community this winter.
Each year, The Olive School, Birmingham collects winter coats from pupils and staff to donate to people in need. This year, COVID-19 restrictions made collections difficult, but pupils still found a way to make a difference and instead asked for monetary donations to purchase brand new coats. Generous pupils, parents and staff raised over £500 for the appeal, which was used to purchase 39 new coats. The coats have been distributed to homeless people in Birmingham by local charity, Narthex. Narthex thanked everyone at the school for their generosity and helping to give some comfort to people spending the cold winter months on the streets.
The school also joined with other Star Academies schools to take part in ‘Food for All Week’. From 7th to 13th December, all 29 schools across the Star Academies multi-academy trust and distributed 50,000 food parcels and meals to those experiencing food poverty. Pupils gathered food items to create festive hampers for homeless centres, care homes and vulnerable people. They also gifted toys, treats and warm clothes to families in need.
Staff and pupils also dressed up in bright, colourful jumpers for Jolly Jumper Day and raised £740 for Brimingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
The Lord Mayor of Birmigham, Councillor Mohammed Azim, recognised the pupils’ generosity and selflessness in a letter to the school. In his letter, the Lord Mayor gave his ‘heartfelt thanks’ to everyone involved in the project. He told pupils that they were ‘truly heroes in these very challenging times.’
Rifat Batool, Principal at The Olive School, Birmingham, thanked the caring pupils and families for their support.
She said: “Our Festive Winter Gift Programme not only gives our pupils the chance to learn about the importance of charity but to make a real difference to people facing all kinds of difficulties.
“This year, we have seen increased suffering but our incredible pupils have shown great community spirit and a passion for helping those in need.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign and helped us to spread joy in our community.”
Added By: commsadmin | Date Added: 18th Dec 2020 | Posted In: Latest News