Generous students and staff have donated over 500 gifts and handmade cards to Age UK West Cumbria.

Academy teacher, Andrew Haslop has organised the collection for the past four years to support Age UK with their national campaign to end loneliness amongst older people. Students made Christmas cards with handwritten messages inside alongside donating and wrapping small gifts for elderly members of the community to open on Christmas Day.

Mr Haslop said, “I am amazed by the generosity and kindness of our students. They have shown yet again how much they care for the people in their local community. They have donated around 500 gifts and made Christmas cards. I am extremely grateful to everyone who contributed.”

Students also visited an Age UK social group at Old Customs House, Whitehaven where they chatted to members and played a Christmas quiz.

Mr Haslop added, “Watching the different generations interact, tell stories and playing a Christmas quiz was amazing to see. Age UK staff commented on our students’ brilliant behaviour and said that they were a credit to the academy.”

This year the academy’s student choir also visited two residential care homes to spread Christmas cheer through song. The students visited Castle Mount in Egremont and Wyndham Manor in Cleator Moor to sing carols and deliver mince pies.

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