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Barrow Hills pupils provide Christmas gifts for children of families in need

Published Monday 7th of December 2015 11:40:39 AM

The vital work of Haslemere Food Bank in helping families in need has touched the hearts of children at Barrow Hills School and spurred them into action. A group of five Year 5 pupils launched a challenge to their fellow school colleagues and to adults in the community to donate gifts for children at Christmas. Each form in the School, from Kindergarten to Year 8, made up a Christmas gift bag of festive goodies for one boy and one girl of their own age. The children each raised the money to contribute to this, either from their pocket money or by doing chores at home. The gifts were presented to Haslemere Food Bank at the School’s assembly on Friday 4th December. The project was spearheaded for the second year running by five Year 5 girls; India, Lucy, Annabelle, Isabella and Elena who launched this year’s initiative during assembly at the School. The girls were inspired once again following a visit to the Food Bank earlier this year to meet the volunteers who help run it. Barrow Hills Headmaster Matthew Unsworth says, “They told our girls that when families became aware that they could have a gift for their children and how our pupils had played a key part in that last Christmas, several of them cried. This message understandably was not lost on our girls and it came as no surprise when they asked if we could repeat our support for the Food Bank again this year.” The challenge was also extended to providing gifts for adults. A collection point was set up at the School and staff and parents were asked to donate items such as biscuits, chocolate, tea and coffee, with a value of £5 to £10 each for the Food Bank to display on a gift table. Adults in the Food Bank families then choose two items, not for themselves, but to give to a family member, friend or a relative. All gifts will go to local families in a 10-mile radius. Commenting on the School’s efforts, Headmaster Matthew Unsworth says, “I am immensely proud of the five children who inspired the School to play a small part in helping those who need it. A key strand of our ethos at Barrow Hills is to instil empathy for others and this is an example of children helping children less fortunate than themselves. I hope the wonderful initiative set up by India, Lucy, Annabelle, Isabella and Elena continues well into the future.”
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