Students from Nova Hreod Academy have been giving the gift of 'giving' this Christmas season by organising a reverse advent calendar to provide food and gifts for the homeless of Swindon.
The initiative was driven by Mrs Bekir’s tutor group, Aquila 3. For the month of December, Aquila 3 have been rallying around the whole of the school for donations of food, hot drinks, gloves, hats and blankets. All the items collected have been passed to Alternative Angels, a group of volunteers who provide hot meals to homeless and vulnerable people of Swindon, and will be shared between the Winter Project and the Swindon Caring Hearts Group, for distribution to people needing help over the winter.
Mrs Bekir, Aquila 3’s tutor, who came up with the idea, said:
“We have seen an overwhelming amount of generosity from both students and staff alike. A variety of donations from large bags of tea and coffee to tins of beans and soup, to warm hats, socks, gloves and blankets will help keep people without permanent homes and shelter warm this Christmas.”
Students from Aquila 3 said:
“When Melanie from Alternative Angels came into school she told us all about the ways in which they help people that can’t help themselves. Some of the homeless people in Swindon aren’t much older than us and we were glad that we were able to collect food and clothing to be able to help them.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Swindon Caring Hearts Group can contact them via their facebook page.