Record total of Perse parcels donated to Christmas shoebox appeal
A record-breaking 713 shoeboxes have been gifted by the Perse community to support the Link to Hope Christmas appeal.
This year’s total smashed the previous record of 604 shoeboxes donated by staff and pupils across the Upper, Prep and Pelican to the charity in 2020.
The parcels contain a variety of useful such as gloves, soap, flannels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, candles, scarves, sweets, small games, hairbrushes and socks.
Link to Hope will deliver the festive shoeboxes to the most disadvantaged families and elderly people in eastern Europe.
Perse Head of Computing and Digital Strategy Paul Baker, who co-ordinates the school’s shoebox appeal, was overwhelmed with the success of this year’s campaign.
He thanked the Middle School Charities Committee for the part they had played in promoting the appeal through assemblies and posters.
Mr Baker said: “It was really wonderful to see form groups coming together again, from our very youngest at the Pelican and Prep, right up to those soon to leave for university, all making a difference with an act of kindness to those in need this Christmas.
“One focus point in our packing this year was reducing and recycling packaging alongside efficient purchasing to help reduce the carbon footprint and transport costs.
“We wish Link to Hope the very best with the remainder of their appeal and look forward to joining with them again next Christmas.”
James Piper, Head of The Perse Prep, added: “The annual filling and wrapping of shoeboxes are real highlights for the children. Like the arrival of the Christmas television adverts, it signals that Advent is nigh.
“However more importantly, it provides an opportunity for our pupils to make a personal and tangible difference so that families in areas of eastern Europe can celebrate the festive season with a little more cheer.”