Pupils rise to the winter challenge

Norham pupils with some of their donations and Ian Dougall from North Tyneside VODA.
Norham pupils with some of their donations and Ian Dougall from North Tyneside VODA.

A school rose to the challenge to help vulnerable people over the winter.

Staff and pupils at Norham High School, in North Shields, collected food and items to keep people safe and warm during the colder months after learning about the North Tyneside Winter Support Network.

The Network, a group of five North Tyneside charities, provide advice and practical support as well as equipment and food to people in need.

The pupils donated a range of items including hot water bottles, packet soup, thermal blankets, scarves and thermal socks.

Ian Dougall, from North Tyneside VODA, said: “Norham High School’s collection will make a real difference to vulnerable local people in the cold weather.

“The people we work with are so grateful for the practical support and Keep Warm packs they receive – it really does make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

“We are really keen to involve the wider community in helping the Network to be effective.

“This can range from people pledging to be a good neighbour and telling people who might benefit about it, to helping us purchase essential items – the support from Norham is a perfect example of how local people can get involved.”

David Baldwin, Executive Headteacher at Norham High School, added: “Norham High School was proud to be involved in such a worthy cause.

“Our pupils were especially motivated by the fact that their efforts would go directly to help people in their local community, and that really inspired them to do the very best they could.

“It is great to know how much of a difference our students have made locally.”

The organisations making up the Network are North Tyneside VODA, Tyne Gateway Trust, Key Enterprises, Meadow Well Connected and Age UK North Tyneside.

Supported by North Tyneside’s Clinical Commissioning Group, the Winter Support Network aims to tackle some of the causes of ill health and physical injuries that occur more frequently in winter, as well as alleviate loneliness and isolation that can occur at this time of year.

For more information about the Winter Support Network contact VODA on (0191) 643 2626 or visit www.voda.org.uk