Pupils are stepping up their charitable work to make a difference to vulnerable people this winter.

Community-spirited pupils at the school have been busy creating hampers packed with warm clothing, food and toiletries to provide comfort to local homeless people through the charity Angie’s Angels.

Angie’s Angels provides support for homeless veterans and people living on the streets to help ease their transition back into accommodation.

The charitable work forms part of the school’s annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, which takes place across all 28 schools that are part of the multi-academy trust, Star Academies.

Vicky Jackson, Associate Assistant Principal said:

“Playing an active role in our community is highly important to our pupils. Our pupils have grown in confidence and independence as a result of the skills they have developed through our annual Winter Gift Programme. But importantly, they have also had a chance to reflect on what this time of year means for a lot of people. They’ve really enjoyed the activities, particularly our year 10 pupils who have taken a lead on a lot of the projects. It’s great for us to have an opportunity to show our community how kind and caring our pupils are, particularly at this time of year.”

The young people at the school are also taking part in a sponsored walk, bake sale and Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Rossendale Hospice. They are also making cards for local care homes to put smiles on the faces of residents.