Pupils from a Northampton school went a step further to spread Christmas cheer this year by, not only raising £1,000 for charity, but using it to buy toys for children in hospital over the holidays.
By holding events such as cake sales and a Christmas jumper day, children from the junior and senior schools at Quinton House School, off Weedon Road in Upton, raised £1,108.26.
They used the money to buy gifts from Toys R Us - who also offered a 10 per cent discount for the initiative - and took them to children’s wards and neonatal units across the county and further, including Northampton, Kettering and Bedford.
Wearing their Christmas jumpers and bringing their own Santa and elf to help them, the team of Year 11 pupils also delivered donated toys to local children in care and three hampers to residents of St Crispin Retirement Village in Duston.
Organiser of the initiative, Jon Hunt, said: “It was a fantastic joint effort – the amount of money raised in just one day was just incredible – and distributing the gifts was extremely fulfilling.
“We were all moved by the children’s reaction when they received the gifts. It was an experience that will be with us always.
“Thank you to our Quinton House community for making this possible.”