A special Christmas party for some of Gloucester’s most vulnerable children and their carers is due to take place at The King’s School Gloucester this December 2021, rounding off an incredible year supporting good causes city-wide.
It will be the grand finale to its programme of community work which began in August 2021 and saw students and staff cook more than 16,000 meals for vulnerable families –adding a further 500 over the last 10 weeks – and raising almost £5,000 for charities.
The money raised came from collections at Remembrance Day and carol services, non-school uniform and Christmas jumper days, with donations going to groups including Young Gloucestershire.
The thousands of meals cooked in August 2021 were for Venture: White City, with King’s Sixth Form students preparing the latest 500 meals before donating them to Gloucester Feed the Hungry.
Families have filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; collected hats, scarves, gloves and toiletries for the Gloucester City Mission; and donated 10 crates of toys for the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas project.
Pupils have written Christmas cards and recorded a carol concert for the residents at St Oswald’s Care Home; sung carols at Park View Care Home; hosted a Christmas party for Re-Engage, a charity supporting the county’s elderly; and sent cards and letters to the children of King’s partner school in India.
And on Monday 20 December 2021, the cathedral school will top it all off with a Christmas party for 50 of the most vulnerable children and their carers in Gloucester.
David Morton, headmaster at the independent school, said: ‘I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff, pupils and their families.
‘One of the key aims at King’s is to teach pupils to become kind and compassionate and over the last few weeks they have recognised the greater needs in the wider Gloucestershire community and responded with enthusiasm and thoughtfulness.’
For more information, visit thekingsschool.co.uk.