Leeds children wrap up Christmas treats to be shipped across the world

WRAP STARS: From left, Sumayyah Sadiah, nine, Abdulo Rahman, 10, and Charlotte Jackson, 10.
WRAP STARS: From left, Sumayyah Sadiah, nine, Abdulo Rahman, 10, and Charlotte Jackson, 10.
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Inner-city school pupils in Leeds dug deep to make sure children from some of the world’s poorest countries receive a present at Christmas.

Pupils at Hillcrest Primary School, in Chapeltown, have made dozens of festive parcels which will now be sent to war-torn and poverty stricken countries across the world.

Pupils and their parents created parcels containing hats, scarves, small toys and toothbrushes as part of their Operation Christmas Child efforts.

But for some youngsters, their efforts are a bit closer to home, with boxes being sent to the poverty-stricken countries where they have fled from.

Interim headteacher Allison Chin praised their efforts and said: “Our children come from, in many cases, very poor backgrounds themselves and don’t have much money at all, so for them to get together and put these boxes together is lovely.

“They are still able to see that there are other children who are worse off.

“Some children have come from very troubled backgrounds and have seen the difficulties and some are from traveller families from Romania.

“They are helping to improve the lives of other children.”

The school, on Cowper Street, has pupils on its roll from more than 30 different countries from across the globe.

The project, which the school has implemented for the last two years, was masterminded by teacher Mandy Walton.

Youngsters from reception year classes through to Year 6 all took part in the initiative and the school hopes to create more boxes next year.

Ms Walton, who is head of nurture and literacy coordinator, added: “The children have been really enthusiastic.

“A lot of children have seen some things you wouldn’t expect children to see. Some have seen lots of poverty and relate to that and a lot of children relate to other children. They are helping to make a difference by sending these boxes.”

* The YEP-backed Mission Christmas Appeal is collecting presents for needy kids across West Yorkshire. Presents can be dropped off at any store at Crown Point Shopping Park.

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