Pupils, parents and staff at Southway Junior School in Burgess Hill rose to the challenge set by their headteacher, Mr Pete Newbold, and donated a staggering 146 Christmas presents for the Bright FM Christmas Toy Appeal.
At an assembly at the end of November, Mr Newbold asked the children to consider spending their pocket money on presents for under privileged children in the local area. He set the children a target of 100. Pupils and their parents collected a gift tag from the Christmas tree in the school’s reception area, bought a gift and then placed it under the tree.
On Tuesday 15th December, Kate Wolfendale from Bright FM arrived to collect the presents. The school’s Rights Respecting School Councillors helped to load up her car and counted out the 146 Christmas presents. Kate said “All the staff at Bright FM are hugely grateful to the children and staff for supporting this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal. For children to donate a staggering 146 toys to disadvantaged and sick children within their local area is an incredible gesture ….. your support of this year’s Toy Appeal has made a massive difference to the causes we can support and we thank you, every one of you, from the bottom of our hearts.”
One pupil remarked “Don’t under estimate us here at Southway. We are always determined to beat any target set for us…” Mrs Tubbs, Teaching Assistant who originally came up with the idea of supporting the Bright FM appeal stated “It was a fantastic sight to see the support for the appeal. The children have been really excited to help other children who may not be as fortunate as themselves this Christmas. We will certainly consider supporting the appeal next year.”
Report and picture contributed by Southway Junior School.