College Christmas Charity Collection

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Kirklees College students and staff have been getting into the Christmas spirit by helping those in need this festive period with the organisation of gifts for two local charity appeals.

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Kirklees College students and staff have been getting into the Christmas spirit by helping those in need this festive period with the organisation of gifts for two local charity appeals.

Local Huddersfield charity The Welcome Centre has been supported again by Kirklees College with their Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, and an amazing 55 shoeboxes have been filled this year for both adults and children, which is a fantastic 25% increase on last year.

The Christmas shoe boxes are distributed in the run up to Christmas to families being supported by the Welcome Centre. The boxes are also passed on to other services supporting families in crisis such as Family Intervention Project, Huddersfield Mission and The Basement Project to name a few.

The shoeboxes are now on their way to the Welcome Centre and will go a long way to helping local people facing poverty.

Yorkshire Children’s Trust is the second charity the college has been helping, by providing children’s Christmas presents to be delivered to children with life-changing illnesses. From 18th December the charity, along with Santa and his elves, will be visiting local hospitals delivering toys and gifts and leaving presents for children who will be admitted over the Christmas period.

The charity sets out to help children and their families cope with the emotional and financial strain associated with their illnesses and offer grants to cover medical equipment, treatments, home modifications, hospital travel and respite holidays. They also offer one-on-one counselling to all patients, parents and siblings at a minimal cost.

Sarah Thompson from Yorkshire Children’s Trust, who came to collect the presents said: “As a charity we rely 100% on donations and we are so grateful to all who have donated a present to the appeal, it will literally make a child’s day receiving this over the Christmas period, over what can be a very hard and testing time for families.”

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