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Wednesday, 18 December 2013
After two and a half weeks that has really stretched the entrepreneurial skills of two teams led by Sixth Form students, Bolton School has reached its target of raising enough funds to buy 600 Christmas puddings and 600 packets of biscuits. Students have undertaken numerous activities, including appealing for help on the radio, singing carols at the local train station, bag-packing at superstores, organising a non-uniform day at Bolton Muslim Girls’ School and searching out the best deals on puddings and biscuits across Greater Manchester. The campaign was also boosted through lots of individual donations from staff and pupils.
A delighted Chief Executive of Urban Outreach, Dave Bagley, said: “Bolton School has made history. It is the first time ever that so many hampers have been put together. We have gone from 60 to 300 to 600 hampers over the past few years and to allow each recipient to receive treats such as puddings and biscuits as well as their Christmas dinner is marvellous. I am extremely impressed and my van has never been so full!”
Coordinator of the campaign, Mrs Entwistle, a teacher in Bolton School Girls’ Division and Head of Community Action at the School, was equally impressed: “I am so proud of the pupils. They have pulled out all the stops. Yesterday at this time I did not think we were going to quite make it but the girls and boys convinced me we would do it. We ended up singing carols last night at Bolton Railway Station and I then whisked the girls back to School just in time for their Ceremony of Carols. The students have been relentless in searching out the very best deals at supermarkets and have enjoyed the entrepreneurial aspect of the challenge. I am sure we have bought up every Christmas pudding and packet of biscuits in the immediate vicinity of the School!”
Next Monday, Bolton Wanderers’ footballer Stuart Holden will join volunteers to put the hampers together and they will then be delivered on 23 December by lots of volunteers from the police, local churches, housing groups, health visitors and charities including Fort Alice and Paws for Kids. They will go to 600 deserving households and will be enjoyed by 2,000 people, half of whom will be children.
The campaign has involved pupils from both the Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions and from Junior and Senior Schools.
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