As children across the country were eagerly opening their advent calendars, pupils attending Tollerton Primary School have been celebrating advent differently, in fact in reverse!
Every child in each of the seven classes was asked to bring in just one item on one day to add to a class hamper and the response has been incredible!
The hampers will be donated to The Friary in West Bridgford in support of their invaluable work in helping vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives.
Luci Gordon, Deputy Headteacher who organised this act of kindness said, “Throughout much of 2020, we have all been challenged by the enormous impact the pandemic has had and those who are homeless and vulnerable have suffered greatly. It is heartwarming to see the Tollerton School Family come together so generously and selflessly to support a local charity that genuinely makes a difference to those who are less fortunate.’
Caroline Aldrich the school’s Headteacher added “Our school motto is ‘Learning together for life’. Despite the many financial difficulties people have faced this year, our charitable endeavours have been amazing with a very generous food donation to The Friary to mark Harvest Festival and more recently, the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox appeal.
“The reverse advent hampers have further helped the children to understand the importance of supporting those who are less fortunate. It really is lovely to think that as we celebrate Christmas with our families, the generosity we have seen across our school will go some way to making Christmas a happier time for those in need”.
The Friary is a West Bridgford based charity, their mission is to empower homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering practical services, advice and emotional support. For more information visit: www.the-friary.org.uk