Pupils hold festive charity drive for Blackburn’s vulnerable communities

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

Pupils at 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 charities, including Community Spirit and Nightsafe, as well as Blackburn Hospital, Wish Centre and Springfield nursing home, to bring much needed comfort to communities who may be struggling during the winter season.

Their efforts have included fundraising stalls, collections of gifts boxes and parcels for people who might be struggling during the festive 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.”

Amina Modan, Assistant Principal of TIGHS, said that the programme is an important part of school life as it helps pupils to learn about the spirit of goodwill. She said:

“Our pupils have worked incredibly hard to make a difference to vulnerable people in our community this winter.

“We are all very proud of the commitment they have made to help people less fortunate than themselves.

“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 during the winter months.”

Ros Duerden, Operations Manager at Blackburn Foodbank said:

“These wonderful children are really helping to make all the difference to people in crisis.

“They are doing an absolutely fantastic job of helping people who need support from the foodbank.

“We are so grateful that they have chosen to support Blackburn Foodbank as we are completely reliant on goodwill from our local community.”

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