Pupils’ charity drive to help Blackburn’s vulnerable
Young pupils at The Olive School, Blackburn are learning the importance of kindness as part of a special festive charity drive to help vulnerable people in the local area.
For the month of December, the school has been filled with a flurry of activity during the school’s annual Festive Winter Gift campaign.
Pupils and parents filled the school with tins and non-perishable food for donation to Blackburn Foodbank and The ARC Project, Blackburn. Generous families donated thousands of items that formed miniature mountains of food around the school.
The school also joined with other Star Academies schools for ‘Food for All Week’ where 29 schools across the Trust distributed 50,000 food parcels and meals to those experiencing food poverty.
As part of the drive, staff rolled up their sleeves to cook hundreds of delicious hot meals for local people in need. The school contributed 500 hot meals to the trust’s ‘Food For All Week’ campaign that were donated to Night Safe, The Arc Project and the Early Help Family Support Team run by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
Pupils also looked to support the emotional wellbeing of local residents at Springfield Cottage care home by sending specially prepared hampers filled with treats, gifts and kind messages that were hand delivered by pupils who sang Christmas songs to the residents in a series of distanced outdoor concerts.
Smeena Riaz, Principal at The Olive School, Blackburn, said that this year’s collection had surpassed all expectations.
She said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our pupils, parents and staff.
“What began as a relatively modest appeal has quickly gained momentum and resulted in thousands of donations to worthwhile causes.
“Despite this being a year filled with challenge for many of our families, they have still wanted to help vulnerable people living in Blackburn.
“We are incredibly grateful to be part of our wonderful and caring school community and would like to thank everyone who has shown their support.”
Added By: tetadmin | Date Added: 21st Dec 2020 | Posted In: Latest News