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Mrs Washington’s classroom was a bit cramped before Christmas as hampers had taken over a huge chunk of her space….but she was not complaining as it was all for a good cause!

Many elderly people face Christmas alone with no gifts or food and this bleak reality is not happening in a Third World country – it’s happening in our local community. Many of the elderly residents are estranged from their families and struggle to get out of the house during the winter months.

Generous students, staff and members of the community donated over one thousand food items for the Hamper Appeal in the three weeks before Christmas. Enough food was brought in to make up seventy three large sized hampers!

The hampers were distributed to elderly residents in sheltered housing and other vulnerable members of the community. Southlands students were amazed at the reaction they received when they delivered the hampers.

“My husband and I would like to thank the members of your school who have so kindly donated towards the gift of grocery items. It is lovely to receive the gift and we are very grateful.” Mrs. H.

“Thank you very much for the hamper left for me last week. It was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated.” Mrs. B.

“Just a little note to say thank you for the Christmas parcel which was left on my doorstep. Please could you pass on my thanks to all of those concerned in collecting, making up and delivering them.” Mrs. S.

All the residents who were given a Hamper were surprised and grateful at this kind gesture which helped to make their Christmas a more joyful occasion.

“This is the 5th year that we have run the Southlands Christmas Hamper Appeal. Our students aim to raise a smile and show some respect and consideration for our elderly friends in the Chorley area at Christmas time. The whole school community supports the appeal to ensure it is successful each year. It really is a team effort so many thanks to all who contributed in some way.”
– Mrs Washington

Xmas Hamper photo

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