The ways we are supporting local charities this ChristmasWednesday 22 November 2023 | By Samantha Hockney
We are proud to share just some of the ways that we, as a school community, are supporting local charities this Christmas.
We are once again coordinating a Christmas present collection for disadvantaged children across the North East this festive season as part of Mission Christmas.
Mission Christmas is a local charity project which aims to support the most disadvantaged people in our community. There are more than 42,000 children in our region who would not receive any gifts this Christmas if it was not for this fantastic project. Teesside High School is registered as a local ‘drop-off’ point for the area and we would like to invite you to donate a gift.
The initiative is being pioneered by TFM Radio and is looking for a wide variety of presents to suit children and young people; both boys and girls of all ages from 0-18 years. Any gifts donated should not be wrapped to help with distribution.
Hebron Foodbank Collection
For the last nine years we have been proud to support a Christmastime foodbank collection for the Stockton area. We have developed a great partnership with the Hebron Church in Stockton, which runs a foodbank in conjunction with The Trussell Trust each Wednesday and Friday. Our efforts have always been incredibly well supported and, as such, we would like to do another collection this year.
In assemblies across the school this week, pupils will hear how 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Every day, people go hungry for reasons ranging from unemployment to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. This situation has only been exacerbated in the current economic circumstances. The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing a crisis in the UK. Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference.
All food at the Hebron Church is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.
A list of the most useful donations can be found at https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate-food/
Items such as UHT milk, sugar, pasta, pasta sauces and tinned meat are gratefully received, along with non-food items such as toiletries.
We would be delighted if you feel you are able to buy one extra present or some extra items at the supermarket this festive season. Please bring any donations to Reception or to the Senior School Foyer between Monday 20 November and Friday 15 December.
Reindeer Run for Teesside Hospice – Years 3-6
In addition to the above, Prep children will be sporting their antlers and holding their very own ‘Reindeer Run’ for Teesside Hospice.
Each child will be given a Teesside Hospice sponsor form to gather sponsorship for the charity. A minimum of £5.00 sponsorship per child is asked from all taking part, this can be brought in on the day and pupils will be provided with their very own set of reindeer antlers. (Please ensure that as many people as possible tick their Gift Aid box as it will enable Teesside Hospice to claim an extra 25% back on eligible donations.)
After the children’s Christmas lunch has settled on Friday 15 December, the challenge will begin! Pupils will be completing a run around the school grounds in order to find Santa.
Thank you in advance for your support of our charitable giving at Christmas; it really is very much appreciated.