Pupils box clever to help sick children

Tadcaster Grammar School students pictured with some of the 640 boxes they collected for Children In Distress. Photo by Wendy Binns
Tadcaster Grammar School students pictured with some of the 640 boxes they collected for Children In Distress. Photo by Wendy Binns

Generous staff and students at Tadcaster Grammar School have done it again.

Last year they doubled their target by sending 293 Christmas boxes to Children In Distress but this year, 640 children will receive a parcel and benefit from the generosity of all concerned.

“It’s just amazing,” said Paul Walker, Head of Calcaria House and co-ordinator of the shoebox collection for School.

“Every year we set a target and every year we manage to double or exceed it. I cannot thank everyone enough for helping to make this such a success.”

The shoeboxes filled with essential supplies including toiletries, books and toys are now on their way to disadvantaged children in countries around the world, thanks to the Children In Distress charity.

The charity works with the sick, the incurable and terminally ill, those with HIV AIDS, the physically handicapped and those who face a daily challenge for life as a result of accident, infection, genetic or birth defects, those who are discriminated against, the socially excluded, the desperate, disadvantaged children and families and the poorest of the poor.

“For more than 20 years, Children In Distress and its team of volunteers has cared for thousands of Europe’s ‘forgotten’,” said Eddie Errington, Appeals Co-ordinator for York and District.

“You can make someone feel special and bring joy, smiles and laughter for weeks to come as this may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

“The charity relies on the generosity and support of individuals like the students at Tadcaster Grammar School to help change lives,” added Mr Errington.

“The commitment of our students to the needs of others, particularly of their own age group is phenomenal and will help to make dreams come true,” said Geoff Mitchell, Headteacher at Tadcaster Grammar School.

Anyone who would like to make a difference, can contact Eddie Errington on 01904 765199 or visit the website at www.childrenindistress.org