Wirral school supports families affected by disasters

Wirral Globe: Heather South, Wirral Hospitals’ School business manager, Clare O’Meara, English teacher, Gerry Heaslip and Pam Heaslip, Shelterbox. Heather South, Wirral Hospitals’ School business manager, Clare O’Meara, English teacher, Gerry Heaslip and Pam Heaslip, Shelterbox.

KIND-hearted pupils and staff from a Wirral school are working to support families affected by disasters around the world.

Staff and pupils from Wirral Hospitals’ School have raised £1,225 for charity ShelterBox, who provide emergency survival boxes to families in areas hit by disasters. The cash will be used to purchase two survival boxes.

Each survival box contains a large tent, blankets, tools and equipment to repair homes, a small stove, kitchen utensils as well as food and water.

This week, ShelterBox attended the school’s Joseph Paxton Campus to show students the contents of the emergency boxes and talk to them about how the organisation helps survivors of disasters around the world.

They also presented the school with a certificate of thanks.

School staff made donations to the project, rather than exchanging Christmas gifts, and funds were also raised at a fashion show attended by staff, students, Governors, students and their families.

Headteacher Derek Kitchin said: "The ShelterBox focus is another example of how we strive to develop our students' identities as morally and socially responsible global school citizens.

“The whole school community worked together to raise a fantastic amount of money, particularly given our small school setting.

"We are always keen to embed in our students’ outlook that whatever issues they may face through their lives, there will always be those in the world much worse off, whom they can pro-actively help."

Cllr Tony Smith, Wirral's cabinet member for children and family services said: “Congratulations to everyone at Wirral Hospitals’ School for raising so much money for a really worthwhile charity.

"Wirral’s schools do a great deal of charity work every year, which helps to develop pupils’ sense of social responsibility.”

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