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Pupils mark World Kindness Day with good deeds in the local community

Posted: 17th November 2015 | Category: Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

To mark World Kindness Day on 13th November, pupils spent the day completing good deeds in the local community and raised over £120 for SERV Sussex.

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 took part in a litter pick in the local area, whilst Years 7 and 8 volunteered to pack shopping bags for customers at Sainsbury’s in Heathfield. The group also spent time making their own baubles and decorating the store’s Christmas tree.

In return for their bags being packed by the pupils, shoppers donated money to SERV Sussex, Sainsbury’s Heathfield’s Local Charity of the Year.

A total of £127 was raised for SERV Sussex on the day and the children were each presented with a goody bag from Sainsbury’s for their hard work.

SERV Sussex is a UK registered charity that provides night time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items for NHS Hospitals across Sussex. The service is provided free of charge to the NHS between the hours of 7pm and 6am, 365 days of the year via a committed team of volunteer riders and drivers, often using their own vehicles.

Mark Hammond, Headteacher, said: “Skippers children are active members of the local community and volunteering their time through activities such as these are a great way to broaden their experiences, whilst supporting local charities and local people. The activities that our Years 7 and 8 pupils took part in last week also form a part of our new Skippers Hill Challenge Award for senior pupils, an initiative which we launched this year. Well done to all of the children who took part in the activities on World Kindness Day and for raising such a fantastic total for a very worthy cause.”

Darren Courtney, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Heathfield, said: “It was great to see so many children helping to raise awareness about our Local Charity of the Year, SERV Sussex and the brilliant work that they do, getting into the Christmas spirit making decorations and decorating our tree, as well as helping to pack our customers’ shopping for them.” 

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