Donations from Avon Valley School for Hampers

Members of staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have donated items that will be used to make Christmas hampers which will be received by young people across Warwickshire who have recently left foster care and now live alone.

Once again kind hearted staff from school rallied to support the initiative which is organised by Norma Wilson, who is a member of Warwickshire County Council’s fostering service. Over the last 17 years Norma has selflessly created hundreds of hampers which are received by young people who don’t have a family to support them during the Christmas period.

Last year Norma created 145 hampers, and have set herself the target of 175 hamper for this Christmas. This year 30 hampers will go to young people with babies and will contain hand-knitted cardigans, hats and gloves.

The Christmas hampers contain donated gifts and essential items such as: socks, gloves, biscuits, soups, mince pies, toothbrushes which young people who have recently left foster care might find useful.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “This is another fine example of our school community coming together to support others. I delighted that we’ve been able to contribute and help Norma spread a little festive happiness.”
To create the hampers Norma has asked neighbours, friends and work colleagues for support and has contacted supermarkets and shops to gather more donations and has been overwhelmed by the positive response.