Pupils hold festive charity drive for Hackney’s vulnerable communities

Kind-hearted pupils from The Olive School, Hackney are helping to support local vulnerable people over the festive season.

Pupils at the school have been raising money and collecting gifts for St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney Foodbank and children who will be spending the festive season in hospital.

The school’s pupils and their parents have been busy creating shoe boxes filled with treats and gifts as well as collecting food for local vulnerable people.

The charitable work forms part of the school’s annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, which takes place across all 28 schools that are part of the multi-academy trust, Star Academies.

Caterina Park, Principal of The Olive School, Hackney, believes that the charitable giving programme is an essential part of school life. She said:

“The parents, staff and pupils at our school have been incredibly generous and thoroughly enjoy giving back to our local community. They all think it’s so necessary and worthwhile. We think it’s essential for our pupils to take part in charity work as it is a large part of our school’s identity. The Festive Winter Gift Programme gives our pupils a way of showing just how they can make a difference to people in their local community.”

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said:

“At Star Academies, we are committed to nurturing our pupils to develop a genuine desire to support those less fortunate than themselves. The festive season is one of the times in our school calendar when we step up our efforts to offer a helping hand to those in need. Once again this year, it is extremely heartening to see our pupils, parents and staff embrace our Winter Gift Programme by reaching out into their communities to put smiles on the faces of the most vulnerable. Together, we want to ensure that no one in our community is without company, a card or gift at the time of year when our country is celebrating a national holiday.”

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