One of our trustees, Chloe, has been teaching her class at Childer Thornton Primary School about refugees and homelessness and the children wanted to know all about the “Care Bags” that we provided to Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) last year.
Robbie and Gaynor visited the school in January and met the class and, since then, Year 3 have also met Robert Bissett the CEO of CATH to find out what they could do to help. In liaison with Robert, we drew up a “shopping list” of vital equipment – and the children also wanted to do some Care Bags of their own! For reasons only explained by the children, they wanted to donate the funds that they raised to The George Heath Foundation (!) and so we earmarked their donations for work with the homeless.
The children raised an incredible £1,000 with lots of different events – including a cake sale, a whole school non-uniform day…and they even persuaded all of the teachers to do a sponsored 5k run….before Miss Evans took on the Chester 10k! The trustees of the Foundation decided that, as the children had worked so hard to raise the money, the very least we could do was match their total!
Just before the end of term, Gaynor went back into school with all of the items that we have been able to buy which included:
- 50 Care Bags and their contents for the children to pack together;
- 240 Bath towels (for the Harold Tomlins Centre where the homeless people are able to shower);
- 60 sheets (for the various shelters that CATH are able to access;
- A “baby Belling” style cooker (oven and hot plates);
- A double hot plate;
- A microwave
We had a fantastic afternoon putting all of the bags together and getting to think about why a homeless person might need each of the items within the bag – and the difference between bags for men and bags for ladies!
At the end of the afternoon Robert came in to school to see just what the children had been able to achieve – and was very very grateful to them all for their hard work!