Students and staff prepare 54 Christmas shoeboxes for young carers and vulnerable children

5 December 2016

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Students and staff at Brockenhurst College crammed 54 shoe boxes full of treats to bring Christmas cheer to young carers and vulnerable children in the UK.

The initiative was part of The Honeypot Christmas Shoebox Appeal and was undertaken at the College in partnership with Rotary Club of New Forest.

Early Years students and Student Union members were among the most active contributors who gave their time to make a difference this Christmas.

Donated gifts included: toys, books, stationery, gloves, toiletries, jewellery, sweets and chocolate.

Student Union President Thea Joyce said: “Our members have been only too pleased to do something for these brave children at Christmas.

“The activity has created an enormous buzz in our SU office because we know we’re doing something really worthwhile.”

College Principal Di Roberts CBE said: “This kind of active involvement in helping others simply doesn’t happen without the collective will of our college community.

“That’s why I take my hat off to everyone involved and feel a real sense of pride that as a college we have made a difference,” she added.

Since 1996 The Honeypot Children’s Charity has worked to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

Beneficiaries generally care for a chronically or terminally ill loved one, or have a parent with drug, alcohol or mental health issues.