Helping others

St. Helens Primary School pupils Ben Spence and Georgina Burden with a selection of items they and fellow pupils have been collecting. Picture by FRANK REID
St. Helens Primary School pupils Ben Spence and Georgina Burden with a selection of items they and fellow pupils have been collecting. Picture by FRANK REID

KIND-HEARTED school children have donated dozens of items to help poverty-stricken refugees living in Hartlepool.

Pupils at St Helen’s Primary School, in Durham Street, Hartlepool, were asked by staff if they had any items they could kindly donate to refugees.

The response of the youngsters was fantastic and the school has put together a number of baskets complete with food, toys and toiletries.

The annual donations are organised through St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, and is part of the school’s take on Harvest Festival.

Staff and pupils took the baskets to the church earlier this week and enjoyed a service put on for them.

Volunteers at the church will now speak to the appropriate organisations and hand the baskets out to refugees in the town.

Gill Burdis, deputy headteacher, said pupils from the 12 classes at the school have all played their part.

Mrs Burdis said: “The response of the children has been excellent.

“We do this every year and we appreciate that it is tough with the economy how it is at the minute, but the pupils have been fantastic.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the families who have helped to donate.”

Mrs Burdis said by taking part in the project, pupils become aware of how living conditions differ for people throughout the world.

She said feedback from previous years has been fantastic and the project is something which the school is looking to continue to run in the years ahead.

“Lots of refugees have left wherever they were living without the very basics and find themselves with nothing at all,” she added.

“Donations like this are vital and the children can have a real impact on the lives of the refugees.”