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Operation Christmas Child

A staggering total of 413 Christmas boxes have been donated by students to the Operation Child Appeal.

This means that thanks to the efforts of CBA students in Years 7 to 9, more than 400 young people in Liberia, will now be opening a Christmas gift.

Over the past three weeks, students have been bringing in empty shoe boxes, gifts and money (to cover postage costs) and the year groups have been locked in some healthy competition to see who can package the most boxes. (Details of the winning year group to follow in In Press).

Staff and students stayed behind during Session 3 to gift wrap the boxes and fill each one with gifts.

And last week Sixth Form students collected more than £200 from students to go towards the postage costs.

BHE Vice Principal Lorraine Smith who organised the Academy's involvement in the Christmas charity event,  said: "The response from students, their parents and staff has been overwhelming.  "We really did not think we would be able to get together so many boxes and I would like to thank everyone for their huge generosity.

"Our donation will mean a great deal to lots of children this Christmas."

The boxes were collected this morning (November 23rd) from Barclaycard staff who donated their time to the Samaritan's Purse charity.

Each year the Christian charity send hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes filled with gifts to needy children in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. For many the gift will be the only present they receive during their childhood.

To find out more about the work of Samaritans Purse visit their website