PUPILS at a Midlands specialist school have been praised for their fundraising and volunteering efforts.
The young people, from Arc School Old Arley, took part in Mission Christmas which was run by Free Radio in Coventry.
As part of their efforts they held a cake sale where they took on baking and selling their goods to raise cash. They also held a Christmas Jumper Day at school. In total they raised more than £80 and this was immediately put into a pot to buy a range of presents for children in the local area and donated to Mission for Christmas.
However, their efforts didn’t end there. Before Christmas they volunteered at a local distribution centre where their donations, and all the gifts which had been donated from around the area, were being stored and distributed.
They spent the day taking deliveries of gifts as well as sorting the presents. They also packed and distributed the donations. In total the children shipped over 1,000 gifts.
Sarah Keogh, Key Worker and Careers Support at Arc School Old Arley, said: “The children prepared everything themselves – they worked out what they would need for the cake sale, what we would need to buy and what profit they made.
“They worked really hard on the volunteering day. It was a really busy environment, which could have proved challenging for some of the children but they did brilliantly. On the way to the volunteering day the radio station broadcast a thank you message which was wonderful and really lifted everyone’s spirits.
“We are extremely proud of them and we hope to do this again next year. It was a great opportunity for the children to understand what others in the area do and don’t have. The children very much enjoyed taking part and it was a fantastic experience for them all.”