Pupils hold festive charity drive for Blackburn’s vulnerable communities

Kind-hearted pupils are helping to support homeless and vulnerable people across Blackburn this festive season.

Pupils at the school have been collecting food for local homeless people and Blackburn Food Bank, as well as raising money to help make a difference to their community.

The children have been working with local soup kitchens, Blackburn Hospital and Springfield nursing home, as well as collecting warm winter coats to bring much needed comfort to communities who may struggle during the winter season.

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.

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.”

Smeena Riaz, Principal of The Olive School, Blackburn, said that the programme is an important part of school life as it helps children to learn about the spirit of goodwill during the festive season. She said:

“Our pupils have very much enjoyed working in our local communities helping to provide comfort during the festive season. As a school, we are committed to playing an active role in our community and helping others and we hope that our annual Winter Gift Programme will touch the lives of many local people this winter.”

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