CHILDREN have been doing their bit to support their local community and those in need around the world at Christmas.
Pupils from Purbrook Park School collected gifts, food and toiletries to make hampers to donate to charities.
It’s a really nice opportunity for our pupils to support those in the local community and across the worldNatalie Aggett, teacher
The charities that benefited from the project were the Waterlooville Food Bank, Stella’s Voice, which supports orphans around the world and homeless charity Step by Step.
Natalie Aggett is the director of learning for Key Stage 3 at the school.
She said: ‘It’s a nice opportunity for our pupils to support those in the local community and across the world.
‘These are people who aren’t looking forward to the festive season as much as they are and who don’t have the same range of opportunities. It’s nice to give something back.’
More than 30 hampers were made by children across the school as each tutor group made and then designed them with different themes.
Miss Aggett said: ‘They worked together with their tutor groups.
‘It’s to show it’s not just about what’s inside the hampers but what’s outside and it shows that they care.’
Julia Deluchi, 12, is in Year 8. She said: ‘It is an amazing opportunity to be able to help all these people at such an important time of year.’
Jack Barker, 16, in Year 11, added: ‘It is a pleasure to be able to take part in the hamper appeal.
‘Being able to help so many people is very rewarding.’
Miss Aggett said she was pleased with the way that students at the school responded to the project.
‘The children were absolutely fantastic. We are so proud of them as a school.
They have really embraced and wanted to support these people.’
Debbie Dark is a volunteer at Waterlooville Food Bank.
She said: ‘I thought it was incredible with the effort that had gone into it, not just to get the produce but to decorate the boxes as well.
‘It is going to make an incredible difference.’
The charities visited the school yesterday to collect the hampers and they will report back to the staff and the pupils in the new year to talk about how people benefitted from them.