During Advent, as our school community prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus, all tutor groups were encouraged to contribute food, drink and toiletries to the school’s annual Christmas Hamper Collection.
Once again, our students surpassed all expectations with the quantity their donations, which were delivered with great pleasure to two local charity groups for distribution to the those most in need in our community.
On Wednesday, 18h December, Matthew Turner, our School Chaplain, accompanied a group of Year 10 students to the headquarters of Croydon Commitment's Christmas Appeal with boxes of toiletries for their Hygiene Bank collection, and further boxes of foodstuff was delivered to our local parish's St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP).
The SVP is a part of an international lay Christian voluntary organisation actively working with the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised. It seeks to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those it serves in the spirit of the Gospel message. The SVP at St Mary's Church meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 4.00pm-5:30pm in the Parish Prayer Room
This Christmas Croydon Commitment are tackling three key social issues; homelessness, loneliness and isolation, and hygiene poverty, and we are working in partnership with Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association, The Hygiene Bank, Beauty Banks and Crisis. The Hygiene Bank and Beauty Banks to raise awareness for hygiene poverty and source toiletries for those living without access to such products.