Ripley pupils donate presents

Kind-hearted students and staff from Mill Hill School in Ripley donated 30 charity boxes to a trust that helps people at risk of homelessness.

Every form group was asked to collect items that could be donated to Derventio Housing Trust as part of the whole school’s reflection on the importance of Harvest.

Derventio works in local communities to provide quality housing and related services to alleviate housing problems and end homelessness.

Students, families and staff from the Ripley school donated items ranging from toasters and tinned soup to tea towels and dinner plates.

Each form decorated their own boxes and they were displayed in the school hall.

Jackie Carpenter, strategic development manager at Derventio, gave an assembly at the school.

She said: “Can I just say again, how humbled we were by the splendid generosity of the students, parents and carers at Mill Hill School and particularly by the effort that so many people had taken to make the boxes so attractive.

“Our residents were touched and so pleased to know that people are thinking of them.”

Steve Richardson, Director of Learning for Years 12 and 13 at Mill Hill School, said everyone had been overwhelmed by the school’s response.

He said: “The quantity of the boxes was so great that Derventio could not take them all in one go and had to return for a second collection.

“All the boxes on display were excellent and every student, family and staff member involved deserves a great deal of thanks and praise for their creativity and generosity.”