A Brighter Christmas
13th December 2016
Gifts donated by staff and students at Melbourn Village College are on their way to make Christmas brighter for hundreds of under-privileged youngsters across South Cambs and Cambridge City.
Social and family workers this week carefully selected suitable gifts for parents and carers to give to children and young people aged 0-19 who would otherwise receive nothing this Christmas.
Donations from Melbourn, along with the other Cam Academy Trust schools in South Cambridgeshire – Comberton and Cambourne Village College and Gamlingay First School – made up the bulk of the hundreds of items given to support an initiative by two members of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children’s Services Department.
Former Comberton Village College parents Sandra Jordan and Jo Lans first appealed for help two years ago when they realised that many of the children and young people in the area being helped by social and family workers did not receive any gifts at Christmas.
Last year, with Comberton’s help, they managed to collect more than 300 presents from which the social and family workers carefully selected suitable items for the families they work with.
This year, with the four schools supporting the appeal, the Trust has handed over more than 300 gifts – including some suitable for teenagers to give their own parents.
Everything is now on its way, along with donated gift wrap, ready to be handed out on the big day.
Mrs Jordan said: “We are extremely grateful to the schools in The Cam Academy Trust for supporting this appeal. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity that has been shown. Thank you.”