Bedford Free School giving back to the community this Christmas

Bedford Free School Christmas in a Box

Bedford Free School says it will be giving back to the community thanks to two different projects involving pupils and staff.

In one project, each tutor group is being challenged to create ‘Christmas in a box’ and provide a Christmas hamper to local families in crisis.

They are hoping this will build on the success of last year’s boxes which helped over 1,900 people in Bedford.

Overseeing this project is Assistant Principal at the school Mrs Foley: “Our pupils have really gone the extra mile. I had the pleasure of dropping off the boxes this week.

“The minibus was full and we took 21 boxes, plus some other items, we are literally giving the gift of Christmas to local families. Next year, we’re aiming for 30 boxes.”

Bedford Free School Love in a Bag
Love in a Bag

Alongside this project, ‘Bags of Love’ will see pupils create handmade toiletry bags.

An idea first created a few years ago by Mrs Lehain, one of the school’s founding members of staff, pupils were asked to make bags for donated toiletries and cosmetics products.

The idea then merged with ‘Love in a Bag Bedford’ set up in 2018 by Mel Stratton.

Love in a Bag Bedford is a local charity with a very simple concept, find a handbag that you no longer use, fill it with essential toiletries (shampoo, sanitary products, face wipes, tissues etc) plus a note or Christmas card, and it will be donated to women in crisis.

Mel came to the school to collect the donations saying: “Thank you to the pupils and staff at Bedford Free School for supporting Love in a Bag Bedford this Christmas.

“(They will be) helping to make a difference to our local community, supporting those in need. I really appreciate it.”

School principal, Tim Blake, added: “Our mantra at BFS is to work hard and be nice, what better way to embody those principles than to give back to the community that has supported us, especially at this time of year.

“I’m really proud of our pupils, and staff, for getting behind both of these great causes.”

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