Tadcaster pupils break own shoebox record

All wrapped up for charity! - Year 10 students from Tadcaster Grammar School are pictured with just some of the 293 shoeboxes they have given to the Children In Distress charity to help those less fortunate than themselves - Photo by Wendy Binns
All wrapped up for charity! - Year 10 students from Tadcaster Grammar School are pictured with just some of the 293 shoeboxes they have given to the Children In Distress charity to help those less fortunate than themselves - Photo by Wendy Binns

Generous students at Tadcaster Grammar School have more than doubled the number of shoeboxes collected this year for the charity Children In Distress.

“I thought last year’s donation of 140 shoeboxes was spectacular, but this year the students’ generosity has totally overwhelmed me,” said Paul Walker, head of Year 10, and organiser of the shoebox collection.

“My office has looked like Santa’s grotto for weeks and the boxes have just kept coming and coming to make the grand total of 293 - which is just phenomenal,” he said.

The shoeboxes filled with essential supplies including toiletries, scarves, gloves, toys, books and sweets, to name but a few items, are now on their way to disadvantaged children in countries around the world, thanks to the Children In Distress charity.

The charity is dependent on the generosity and support of individuals like the students at Tadcaster Grammar School to save and change lives.

“I am so proud of our students; the fact that they have taken this charity to their hearts once again and been determined to make the collection even better than last year,” added Mr Walker.

Children In Distress is dedicated to helping children in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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.

Anyone who would like to help the charity can log on to www.childrenindistress.org