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Operation Christmas Child Launched

Students will be brightening the Christmases of their peers in Africa thanks to their involvement in a Christmas fundraiser.

Operation Christmas Child was launched across the Key Stage 3 years this morning.

The national fundraiser is a seasonal initiative of the charity Samaritans Purse, which each year hand delivers Christmas boxes to some of the world's poorest children.  This year the donations will be made to children in Liberia.

Students in Years 7 to 9 are being asked to bring in donations to make up the boxes, which will be given to young people aged between 10 and 14. Each Year group will decide how they will organise the collections and so students should ask their forum representative for more information.

Each box costs £2.50 to send so there will also be a cash fundraising drive to gather the postal cost.

Louise Rawlins, the Northamptonshire area coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, said: "The Academy is the only secondary school in Corby taking part in the project so we are very grateful to the students for that.

"For many of these children these boxes may be the only Christmas present that they ever receive and it means a huge amount to them as they know that someone is thinking about them."

The fundraiser was the idea of BHE Vice Principal Lorraine Smith, whose family have taken part in the Operation Christmas Child for many years.

The year group that puts together the most Christmas boxes will also receive the Parents in Partnership Community Shield.

The deadline for collecting the packages is Thursday, November 19.

For more information log onto operation christmas child