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Christmas Appeals at Bancroft's deliver Joy to Local Families

Both Bancroft's Prep and Bancroft's School ran appeals for toys to help local children, who might not otherwise receive any gifts, have a happier Christmas. The response from pupils and parents was fantastic.

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Bancroft's Prep Charity Ambassadors with Some of the Donated Gifts
Bancroft's Prep Charity Ambassadors with Some of the Donated Gifts

21st December 2021 — Bancroft's Prep School decided to support the Kevin Jenkins Newham Christmas Toy Appeal this year in order to help provide over three thousand children in one of East London's poorest boroughs with a Christmas stocking. So many pupils contributed to this important appeal and brought in a new toy of their choice to donate and the Ambition Aspire Achieve (AAA) team came to collect the gifts on Monday, 13 December. They were delighted by the collaborative effort of the Bancroft's children and overwhelmed by such kindness and generosity. AAA was founded in 2016 by Kevin Jenkins OBE and the charity delivers a range of services and opportunities for children in East London.

In addition, following the cancellation of the Bancroft's PA’s Christmas Fayre all donations of chocolate treats for tombola were taken to Redbridge Mutual Aid as exciting additions to their food boxes this year. Despite it being a pity that the Fayre did not go ahead, it was reassuring to know that these kind donations went to a good cause instead.

Bancroft's senior pupils oganised their own appeals. Every tutor group from Year 7 to 13 was encouraged to forego the traditional Secret Santa exchange of gifts. Instead it was hoped that each form would collect donations and decide on a gift for a child of their age category who may not receive gifts otherwise. It was heartening that that so many form groups embraced this idea and participated. In many cases, instead of bringing in toys, groups collected the equivalent to what they would have spent on Secret Santas. This amounted to almost £1000 and is being divided up into £25 Amazon vouchers, which will be passed on through the Salvation Army. In addition, the pupils gave a whole range of gifts: everything from Lego to toiletries.

In coalition with its Sustainability Society, the school advertised a collection for the local Epping Forest Food Bank with different year groups being asked to target certain products from canned goods to washing powder. These donations were taken to the food bank and the school was delighted to find that they amounted to 489.6kg of supplies which will equate to approximately 420 meal packages for needy local families. A follow up trip had to be made to deliver several more packed boxes of late donations which had missed the orignal deadline!

Sarah Strong, Charity Co-ordinator, at Bancroft's Prep said, "Every child deserves a happy Christmas and it has been wonderful to make a difference this year and spread a little Christmas cheer."

Bancroft's School (Coed 7-18) is a day school in Essex.

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