Kind-hearted pupils are helping to support local vulnerable people over the festive season.

Pupils at the school have collected food which will be used to create Christmas hampers for the Bradford North Foodbank.

Last year, the foodbank distributed more than 147 Christmas hampers for people in need in Bradford. The charity fed 3,241 during 2018-2019, 40% of which were children.

Franco Biancardo, Manager at Bradford North Foodbank praised the pupils for their hard work. He said:

“I think it’s an exceptional effort from these young people who are recognising the needs of others over the festive period. They have put so much hard work and energy into collecting food to support people in need and it’s nice to give people something to celebrate. We are very grateful to the pupils and staff at High Crags Primary Leadership Academy for their continual support of Bradford North Foodbank.”

The pupils have also been working with the Cellar Trust to collect warm winter clothing which will be sold to raise funds to support people with mental health problems in the Bradford area.

As well as donating food and clothes, the pupils are also spreading festive cheer by befriending vulnerable and elderly residents and singing to them at the nearby Hallcroft care home.

The charitable work forms part of the school’s annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, which takes place across all 28 schools that are part of the multi-academy trust, Star Academies.

Helen Ray, Principal of High Crags Primary Leadership Academy, said:

“I am extremely proud of the generosity shown by our pupils, parents and staff who have donated to these local causes. It’s really important to us as a school to help people in our local community. Our children have worked very hard to make a difference and we are so pleased by all their efforts.”