The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College have filled over 80 Christmas shoeboxes for Christmas.

The shoebox appeal, led by Matthew Hutchinson, a member of support staff at EMS, ran across the first half term of the new school year.

Working with the charity ‘Link to Hope’, the aim was to get the shoeboxes to the poorest areas of Europe in time for Christmas – a task made much harder with the ongoing pandemic.

A total of 84 boxes were filled with books, toiletries, hot water bottles, teddies and much more.

“After such a successful campaign last year, I decided to run the appeal again this year.” Matthew told us.

“With the lock down and restrictions it has made everything more difficult and I can’t believe the amount of boxes we collected.”

The shoeboxes have been collected by the charity and will now be on the way to brighten the lives of so many this Christmas.

“I would like to thank all of the students, parents and staff who supported the appeal this year and a special thanks to Luke and Hollie, for their help on collection morning” Matthew said.

“I would especially like to thank Mary Frain, Headteacher of St. Teresa’s Primary and her students for their contribution again this year.”

“Let’s all hope and pray that by Christmas 2021 we will be all back to normal, with the shoebox appeal ready to go again!”.