Staff at Cambridge Regional College are helping to make Christmas special this year for children in care – collecting nearly 500 presents for those in need.
The college answered a plea from Cambridgeshire County Council to help provide presents for 487 children and teenagers who might otherwise receive nothing this Christmas.
Staff collected gifts through a ‘Secret Santa’, each choosing an unnamed boy or girl from the list and buying a special present.
The collection, organised by the college’s work-based learning department, was given an extra boost when receptionist Bethany Chapman encouraged dozens of her family to take part.
Newmarket-based online toy company Wicked Uncle also answered a call for support, donating 100 Christmas presents and 100 baskets of chocolates. And staff at Breckland District Council helped by donating 50 gifts.
Angela Hughes, Director of Work-Based Learning at CRC, said the college had been keen to help every child on the list.
“It is very sad to think of so many children and teenagers – from babies to 17 year-olds – facing such a bleak Christmas,” she said.
“We wanted to pull out all the stops to collect presents for all 487 children on the list who would otherwise have nothing on Christmas Day. It was heart-warming to receive such a great response from staff and their families and we are very grateful to Wicked Uncle and the staff at Breckland for such generous donations.”
Pictured CRC staff Aimee Sibley Wootton, Bethany Chapman and Hannah Harland with some of the presents collected for children in care
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