School hamper appeal is great success!

School hamper appeal is great success!

A number of elderly residents were delighted to receive their Christmas hampers, following a visit from students and staff from the Wey Valley School and Age Concern.
This year saw the launch of The Wey Valley School Christmas Hamper Appeal. Miss Marie Claridge, a teacher at Wey Valley instigated the appeal following a chance meeting with an elderly lady who was struggling to make ends meet.
Marie said ‘having met this kind lady, I brought together staff from the school, including Ms Glynn and Mrs Sear to gather ideas and help towards bringing the whole school contributing to this worthwhile appeal.’

Ms Adams and students with the hampers

Miss Claridge continued ‘the hamper involved both staff and students bringing in items of food from a carefully selected list of suitable items for the elderly. A huge response from every tutor group enabled us to create 30 different hampers filled with sweets, tins, Christmas cakes, as well as savoury items such as crackers and pickles.’
A number of Wey Valley students visited the elderly residents to deliver the hampers, including Reece Matthews, Tanisha Matthews, Kevin Tissera, Adam Priddice, Sean Roberts and Charlie Ayles.

Kevin Tissera said ‘it was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed giving the hampers to the elderly who don’t have anybody to celebrate with at Christmas’.
Eileen Glynn added ‘a school Christmas card designed by our media team at school and was included in the hamper with £3 of vouchers, kindly donated by the Co-operative store in Weymouth’. Mrs Glynn also paid thanks to Tescos who provided an item for each hamper.

Sara Adams, Acting Principal at Wey Valley added, ‘ I would like to thank our students, parents and staff for their fantastic contributions and due to the overwhelming response, we were able to donate a large amount to the Salvation Army who were grateful at this time of the year.’