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Briar Hill Primary School seeks to spread holiday cheer

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  • 22nd Dec 2020 12:35

Briar Hill Primary School seeks to spread holiday cheer

As 2020 draws to a close, Briar Hill Primary School has partnered with local non-profit Earth’s Lonely Angels (ELA) to provide Christmas hampers for the most vulnerable members of our community. Briar Hill, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been actively involved with ELA for several years, but this year their work is more important than ever.

Pupils and staff from Briar Hill have been invited to put together a Christmas hamper filled with goodies including food, socks, and other small gifts. Last year, the school put forward over 50 Christmas hampers, which were then distributed across Northamptonshire to those most in need.

Aine Cullen, Founder and Director of Earth’s Lonely Angels, is a parent at Briar Hill, and has been working around the clock to plan a Covid-safe operation to collect and distribute the hampers this year. To create a swift and safe exchange, Aine will visit Briar Hill between December 16 – 18 at drop off and pick up time for pupils to bring in their hampers and place them in her car to avoid unnecessary contact.

ELA aims to distribute 2,000 hampers this year and is enlisting the help of three other primary schools, two secondary schools and two colleges in Northampton. Alongside the Christmas hampers, Aine Cullen is also releasing an annual Christmas single to fundraise for the ongoing work of the non-profit. This year, the single “This is Christmas” is available to purchase for 99p on Amazon.


Aine Cullen said:

“We are deeply grateful for the support of Briar Hill this year more than ever. The school holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first schools to support this work, and their ongoing commitment to supporting the local community is unparalleled. I am so excited to see the hampers the pupils put together this year and to see the joy that it brings to the recipients.”


Janey Cooksley, Headteacher at Briar Hill Primary School, said:

“As a school we passionately believe in the value of community, and we actively strive to ensure that we do what we can to protect ours. Partnering with Earth’s Lonely Angels has been a wonderful opportunity for us to show support for those in need, and also to instil in our pupils the values of generosity and collaboration that will make them into thoughtful, kind, and well-rounded individuals. We look forward to continuing our work with this lovely charity in the future.”