We all need a little help from time-to-time, and this is even more true for some Salford families this Christmas.
Last year, we ran a fabulous Christmas Hamper campaign, where our staff, students, and parents brought in food items such as gravy, tinned vegetables, custard, and stuffing. These items all went to make Christmas dinner hampers that were distributed around Salford families in need. We wanted to make sure that everyone could tuck into a hearty Christmas lunch if they wanted to, and we certainly achieved this, giving out over 100 hampers full of food to families all over Salford.
This year, unfortunately, we cannot have items being brought into the Academy. With Covid restrictions, it is just not safe. Our top priority must be to keep our immediate community as safe and well as we possibly can. We realise, though, how difficult this year has been for families in our community, and we still want to give back in whatever way we can.
To this end, we will be setting up an Amazon Wishlist for our staff, students, parents, and community members to buy toys and gifts for children and young people who may not, otherwise, receive anything on Christmas morning.
Buy an extra gift from our Amazon Wishlist
We have set up an Amazon Wishlist for our staff, students, parents, and community members to buy toys and gifts for children and young people who may not, otherwise, receive anything on Christmas morning.
Our Wishlist has several items for boys and girls aged from 0 – 16 years old and ranging from a couple of pounds to £20. If you can afford to buy an extra gift or two for a child in need in our local area, we please ask you to do so.
You can find our Amazon Wishlist here.
The items bought from our Amazon Wishlist will be delivered to the Academy, wrapped, and then taken to the charity ‘Little Hulton Big Local Christmas Toy Appeal.’ Families in need can be referred to this charity to receive gifts through their Toy Appeal.
The Big Local supports some of the hardest-hit families in the Walkden area and is a vital support service in our local community.
We have had a group of experts advise us on what to add to the Wishlist, so we know they are items that any young person would love to receive! Groups of Year 7 – 11 students were invited to contribute ideas within given price brackets. Their thoughts and insider knowledge have been invaluable in making sure each gift will fill a young person’s heart with joy on Christmas morning.
Quid a Kid
We are using Amazon as they are the safest and most convenient way to get the toys and gifts delivered to us during the continuing pandemic. Still, we are also aware that we need to support our local, independent businesses around Salford that are struggling at this time.
We are also mindful that even a couple of pounds might be too much to spare, and we want everyone who wants to help to have the chance to contribute. Therefore, we are also running the “Quid a Kid” campaign alongside our Amazon Wishlist.
The “Quid a Kid” campaign will be run through form groups. Form tutors will ask their forms to either bring in or raise £1 per student, which can be used to buy toys and gifts for children and young people from local businesses.
Again, these toys and gifts will be donated to “Little Hulton, Big Local” to be distributed to Salford families.
The “Quid a Kid” campaign will be launched in forms through an assembly, and form tutors will decide how they want to raise the money. We are looking forward to some creative ideas!
Co-op Gift Donations for Residents in local Carehomes
Mrs Joynson, our lead for Literacy, is co-ordinating a project where students and staff will be sending Christmas messages to residents in our local care homes. Along with the cards and messages, we would like to send a little gift. This could be a box of biscuits or a box of chocolates.
Mr Mangas, Assistant Principal – Participation and Engagement, has contacted our local Co-op stores. Our local store of Ellenbrook will set up a drop point where you can donate an item for this.
Any donations will be gratefully received.
We thank everyone who contributes in any way to this last appeal by us at Co-op Academy Walkden in 2020. It’s what makes you special; it’s what makes our community special. Thank you.