Call to support homeless gets a big response

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Caring pupils at a Morpeth school have donated various items to help people living on the streets.

Funds were also raised for voluntary organisation Making Winter Warmer (North East) through a non-uniform day.

Morpeth Chantry Middle School students donating food and clothes to a homeless charity (left to right) Henri Charlton, Ava Sainthouse, Charlotte Angus and Alex Burke.'REF 0202151596

Morpeth Chantry Middle School students donating food and clothes to a homeless charity (left to right) Henri Charlton, Ava Sainthouse, Charlotte Angus and Alex Burke.'REF 0202151596

Team member Andrea Wright came into Chantry Middle School and Technology College and did an assembly to explain to the children what the group does and who it supports.

The following week, the students brought in their donations – items included coats, hats and other warm clothing, food, water and toiletries.

On the same day, a total of £183 was collected from the money they gave to their teachers in order to wear their regular clothes.

Mrs Wright, who has a son at Chantry, said: “I’m overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity from everyone involved.

“The pupils have really enjoyed supporting our organisation and feel very proud of themselves that they are able to help the homeless and those without.

“I’m delighted that the school had a non-uniform day as well. We wanted to make sure that all the children could contribute and so if any of them did not have an item to bring in, they could still donate some money.

“I have already begun to plan my next assembly for Newminster Middle and I will then organise one at King Edward VI School.”

Items collected by Making Winter Warmer team members and handed in at drop-off zones go to a storage base and they are packed up into rucksacks which, along with sleeping bags, are given to those in need.

For more information about the organisation and its drop-off zones, email makingwinterwarmer@gmail.com