Young pupils’ charity drive for Birmingham’s needy
Pupils have been spreading festive cheer to vulnerable people across the city.
The pupils held a charitable fundraising drive where they brought in toys to be sold to raise funds for warm winter coats for less fortunate children.
The coats were delivered to the local Narthex centre where coordinators told the pupils that the donations would make “a huge difference to local families in need.” Staff at the centre also explained that for some of the children using their services, this would be their first experience of owning a brand new coat.
Pupils at the school also collected gift hampers filled with toiletries, household items, winter woolies, treats and packaged food items. The hampers were then distributed to people in need at homeless centres, an elderly daycare centre and the Children’s Hospital. In addition £601.76 was raised for Birmingham Children’s Hospital as staff and pupils at the school participated in a Jolly Jumper day.
Tanita Mistry, Regional Fundraiser at Birmingham Children’s Hospital thanked the children for their donation. The pupils were then treated to a tour of the hospital which included the newly renovated playground which was paid for in part by the pupils’ previous fundraising efforts.
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.
Rifat Batool, Principal at The Olive School, Birmingham said:
“This half-term has demonstrated just how kind and generous our families are. A parent summed up the Festive Winter Gift Programme by saying that it has inspired them to appreciate what they have and do more for those in need. They donated because they wanted to, not because they had to. Our pupils also felt proud to be able to help make a difference and were overjoyed to see the results of their previous fundraising efforts at the hospital. As a school, we think it is vital that we help to support others in need in our community. We hope that the lives of many will be touched by the Festive Winter Gift Programme this winter.”
Added By: tetadmin | Date Added: 24th Dec 2019 | Posted In: Latest News