Pupils and staff at Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East will be gifting  kindness and comfort to people facing hardship over the festive season.

This month saw the school launch its annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, where  pupils at the school take part in a charity drive to help people in the local community.

During a year where many people in Birmingham are facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the school say that the programme has become more important than ever.

Gift hampers for vulnerable people

Pupils at the school collected food and gifts to create hampers that were distributed to local care homes, hospitals and to charities that helped local vulnerable people.

The school also joined with other Star Academies schools to take part in ‘Food for All Week’. From 7th to 13th December, all 29 schools across the Star Academies multi-academy trust aimed to distribute 50,000 food parcels and meals to those experiencing food poverty.

Caring pupils and staff at the school helped to lift people’s spirits by creating an inspiring video message. Pupils and staff were asked to share what the word ‘hope’ means to them. The touching messages were shared on social media to help others reflect on their own interpretations of hope and what this means to them.

Akhmed Hussain, Principal at Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East, said that although this had been a challenging year for many, pupils at the school had still worked hard to support those in need.

He said: “This year has been a difficult year and many people have suffered unimaginable loss, but our pupils have continued to work to serve those less fortunate.

“We are incredibly grateful to all our parents and staff who have helped to teach our pupils about the power of giving, especially during these difficult times.

“The whole school is looking forward to continuing to offer support to those in need as we progress with our charitable journey.”