Junior School pupils prepare for Nine Days of Giving
Pupils at Hereford Cathedral Junior School have been busy preparing for their annual Nine Days of Giving initiative, which is now in its third year.
From Monday 2 December, pupils will be invited to donate items to a different charity on each of the nine days.
Each day the donations will be placed in one of the windows at the rear of Number 28, overlooking the playground. In this way, the children will be filling advent windows at school, while emptying them at home.
Below is a full list of the chosen charities, and requested donations:
- Monday 2 December – old shoes for Unicef
- Tuesday 3 December – clothes and toys for the British Heart Foundation
- Wednesday 4 December – biscuits and healthy snacks for Samaritans
- Thursday 5 December – food and toiletries for Hereford Food Bank
- Friday 6 December – specific pet food for Hollycroft Hedgehogs
- Monday 9 December – dog treats, bedding and large bones for Dogs Trust
- Tuesday 10 December – clothing and food items for Brecon, Hay and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees
- Wednesday 11 December – toys, books and stocking fillers for children who will be spending Christmas in hospital
- Thursday 12 December – items to be included in a backpack for Mary’s Meals backpack project
Pupils can choose which of the charities they wish to support, and bring in donations on the relevant day(s).
The charities were chosen by pupils in Year 6, who have presented to the rest of the school in assemblies about the reasons behind their choice of charity.
Huw P chose Hollycroft Hedgehogs in Tillington. In his presentation he spoke about the threat to hedgehogs and explained how the centre helps them. Mimi A and Maisie G talked about the British Heart Foundation, explaining the importance of a healthy heart, and that they chose the charity because members of their families had been affected by heart disease. Mimi is soon to do a sponsored hill walk in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Having chosen Hereford Samaritans, Maggie W visited the charity and interviewed a listening volunteer. In assembly she spoke about the work the Samaritans do to support people.
Ben P opted to support Hereford Food Bank. Having visited the Food Bank and interviewed Manager Jacquie Alsop, Ben explained in the school assembly who the Food Bank helps and why.
Other causes chosen are Dogs Trust, Brecon, Hay and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees. On the last of the Nine Days of Giving, we will welcome donations of Christmas presents and stocking fillers for children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.
It has been wonderful to see the children so invested in engendering support for their nominated good causes, and have them carry out visits and research and then present to their peers - a big well done to them!