It’s a wrap as Perse community supports Christmas shoebox appeal

An incredible total of 612 shoeboxes have been donated by the Perse community to boost the Link to Hope Christmas appeal.

The parcels, gifted by staff and pupils at the Upper, Prep and Pelican, contained a range of useful items including hats, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste candles, sweets, flannels and small games.

Link to Hope will deliver the shoeboxes to families in need and elderly people in Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania in time for Christmas.

Perse Head of Computing and Digital Strategy Paul Baker, who co-ordinates the school’s shoebox appeal, was delighted with the response to this year’s shoebox drive.

He thanked the Middle School Charities Committee for raising awareness of the appeal through assemblies and organising 120 ‘value packs’, with pupils paying £10 for a bag featuring a number of starter items which they topped up with extras.

Mr Baker added: “We also asked for people to think about their carbon footprint and tried to encourage the use of more eco-friendly wrapping paper on the shoeboxes in line with the school’s commitment to sustainability.

“We are very happy with how the appeal has gone. It’s an opportunity to think about people who are less fortunate and remember what Christmas is all about by trying to help others.”


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