Hackney pupils spread goodwill with festive charity drive

Olive School students holding their gift-wrapped shoe boxes.

Olive School students help others facing hardship this year. - Credit: The Olive School

Students and staff at the Olive School in Stoke Newington have been taking part in a special charity drive to help people facing hardship during the festive season.

Staff and students with their shoe box gifts.

The Stoke Newington school's staff and students also helped to raise funds for St John’s Hospice with a bake sale. - Credit: The Olive School

Pupils at the school were determined to help make a difference this year through their annual Festive Winter Gift campaign. 

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Principle Babar Mirza said: "This has been a difficult year for many but, despite this, our pupils and parents continue to help those who are facing hardship.

“Our young pupils have an intuitive sense of goodwill and their natural desire to help others is a wonderful inspiration to us all.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this appeal and for helping us to make a difference during the festive season.”

Two students sat next to their shoe box gifts.

Families also got involved by donating food for people in need. - Credit: The Olive School

Students gathered toys, clothing and stationery as part of a shoebox appeal for children in hospital.

Families also helped to fill the school with food that was donated to local food banks to help ensure that vulnerable people would receive support during the long winter months.

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