Thursday, 14 December 2017
Pupils at Bolton School have once again risen to the challenge of providing Urban Outreach with supplies for their Christmas Hampers. The Hampers, which are filled with everything needed to make a traditional Christmas dinner, are given to families in Bolton who are most in need.
The School’s challenge this year was to provide 1,300 packets of stuffing and 1,000 jars of cranberry sauce. Pupils managed to exceed this target and ultimately donated 1,329 packets of stuffing and 1,288 jars of cranberry sauce, as well as making a £163.48 cash donation!
The teams of Year 12 girls who volunteered to lead the donation drive worked hard throughout the project. They ran sweet and cake stalls, went around School to visit all of the Girls’ Division forms to encourage donations and offer prizes for the most donations, baked Rudolph Buns in their lunchtime to sell to staff, and organised a raffle where staff and guests at Tea at the Riley could win a luxury food hamper, toiletries hamper or bottle of brandy. A few generous donations were also received.
In total the Year 12 teams raised £428.75 towards buying product. They then had the challenge of tracking down the best deals and enough stock: their efforts cleared out all the local Asdas, Aldis and Lidls!
In addition to donations from the Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions, the Junior Girls’ School ran a competition to see who could donate the most: Years 3 and 4 collecting stuffing, and Years 5 and 6 collecting sauce. The ultimate winners were Years 5 and 6 with 153 jars of cranberry sauce, though the younger girls were not far behind, and managed to contribute 124 packets of stuffing.
The School's Head of Community Action Sophie Entwistle said, “This year it was a really close call as to whether we would hit the target given that we were 700 jars of cranberry sauce short with three days to go, but a last minute push saw the girls respond in a fantastic way.”
Urban Outreach as ever were thrilled, saying that they could always count on Bolton School. Dave Bagley, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Urban Outreach, told the Year 12 volunteers that their one ‘random act of kindness’ would ensure that 2,049 children in Bolton would get a dinner this Christmas because of our generosity.
Eleanor Gibbons in Year 12 asked to look in the van after it was fully loaded. All of the students peered in at their huge pile of donations in amazement at what they had achieved in such a short space of time, and with proud smiles on their faces.
This is the fifth year that Bolton School has helped to fill Urban Outreach’s Christmas Hampers. Previously the School has donated Christmas puddings and biscuits, after-dinner mints and crackers, fizzy drinks and crisps, and mince pies and brandy sauce.
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