Christmas appeal has snowballed into community donation

Courage the Cat with Headteacher Jonathan Morris and a band of gift laden students.
Courage the Cat with Headteacher Jonathan Morris and a band of gift laden students.

A North Shields school has been ensuring young and old have something to celebrate this Christmas.

Students and staff at Marden High School ditched their uniforms in favour of all things festive while collecting hundreds of gifts for local residents who may not otherwise receive anything on Christmas Day.

Christmas jumpers were the dress of the day with Rudolph and Santa going head to head with snowmen and Christmas trees as the entire school community came together to collect gifts, sell Christmas shaped biscuits, raffle cakes and lots more.

Headteacher Jonathan Morris said: “It all started when Marden High School agreed to be a gift drop off point for Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal.

“It then snowballed when the staff wanted to become involved as well, bringing in gifts for older people to be distributed via Age UK.

“This was Marden High at its best. Everyone working together and having fun, whilst considering others and contributing to two very worthwhile causes.”

To complete the celebrations, Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids official mascot ‘Courage the Cat’ called in to collect the mountain of children’s gifts that had been donated by students.

The gifts for Age UK were delivered by students to their office in North Shields.