Birmingham School Children Keep the Festive Spirit Alive By Giving To Others This Christmas

Students from two schools in Birmingham have been collecting unwanted toys and gifts to donate to those in need this Christmas; supported by Midlands based charity, Trident Reach.

Trident Charity Committee Members with Trident Group and Liam Byrne MP and Tim-Boyes
Trident Charity Committee Members with Trident Group and Liam Byrne MP and Tim-Boyes

Over 1000 students from Hodge Hill Girls’ School and Hodge Hill Primary School have been busy collecting toys for the charity’s ‘Toy Drive’ as well as collecting food for their Foodbank and everyday essential items for their ‘Just In Case’ Appeal packages, which are all given to those who access Trident Reach services within the Midlands.

 

Zobiya Ahmed, Year 11 Charity Committee Member, at the high school said: “Christmas is a time to give and to make changes. We are determined to make those changes count.”

Student from Hodge Hill Girls' School giving a speech on what it means to help those less fortunate
Student from Hodge Hill Girls’ School giving a speech on what it means to help those less fortunate

On Friday, 16 December 2016, the schools’ final day of term, Liam Byrne MP, accompanied by Tim Boyes, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Education Partnership, visited Hodge Hill Girls’ School to see the charity work carried out by the students. During this visit Liam Burn MP said “On behalf of everyone in Hodge Hill I want to say thank you for the inspiration of your example. You really are an inspiration and it’s a privilege for me to come and help celebrate your magnificent accomplishment today.”

Liam Byrne MP making a speech congratulating all the hard work
Liam Byrne MP making a speech congratulating all the hard work

Marie Calder, Customer Engagement Officer for Trident Group said: “We are so grateful to both Hodge Hill Girls’ School and Hodge Hill Primary School for arranging these collections and promoting the work that our charity does. This has especially raised awareness of our Birmingham based Homeless Services and Domestic Abuse Services, to the younger generation. The schools support has been phenomenal and through the donations they have made a real difference to peoples’ lives over the festive period and beyond. This partnership working has been very humbling. We acknowledge all the hard work the children and the staff have put into this appeal and want to say a huge thank you to them all.”

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Head Teacher of Hodge Hill Girls’ School, Eileen Brown, said: “‘We were delighted to welcome representatives from Trident Group to Hodge Hill Girls’ School today, with Liam Byrne MP and Tim Boyes from the Birmingham Education Partnership. The girls enjoyed working in partnership with Trident to collect toys, books and chocolates for their Christmas Appeal. We hope our partnership with Trident will continue to grow in 2017.”

 

To find out more information about the work undertaken by Trident Reach please visit http://www.tridentreach.org.uk/

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