Pupils hold festive gift drive to thank emergency services staff in Bolton

Community-spirited pupils are helping to spread festive cheer among emergency workers and hospital staff in the town.

Pupils at the school have been busy creating hampers full of donated treats to say a special thank you to hardworking staff.

As well providing gifts for the fire, police and A&E staff, the caring pupils will also be delivering gifts to two local care homes, the dementia and children’s wards at Royal Bolton Hospital and to patients at Bolton Hospice.

Last year, pupils created 30 large hampers that were gifted across the community and this year the pupils want to deliver even more.

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.

Sabina Saeed, Principal of The Olive School, Bolton, said:

“We are so grateful to our emergency services staff and hospital workers who help to keep us safe all year round. Our pupils wanted to say an enormous thank you as part of our Winter Gift Programme to let them know that we are grateful for all their hard work. We also wanted to remember elderly people and other people in our community who might be glad of a gift. As a school, we are committed to playing an active role in our community and helping others and we hope that our annual Winter Gift Programme will touch the lives of many local people this winter.”

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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