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Students’ festive hampers help those in need at Christmas-time

PUBLISHED: 10:53 25 December 2017

Farlingaye High students with some of the festive hampers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Farlingaye High students with some of the festive hampers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Generous students at a Suffolk high school have been imaginative in the art of giving.

Student Alex Cooke with the hampers. Picture: GREGG BROWNStudent Alex Cooke with the hampers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Every student brought goods for around 70 Christmas hampers designed in a spectacular array of festive and fun designs.

The hampers were donated to Home-Start Suffolk Coastal, FIND (Families In Need) Ltd, Lighthouse Women’s Aid, West Villa (looking after homeless families), Ipswich Bus Shelter (looks after homeless individuals), Suffolk Refugee Support. Hampers are also distributed to various members of the local community, suggested by local churches and Age UK Suffolk Coastal.

Six former Hannah Taplin sits among the festive hampers. Picture: GREGG BROWNSix former Hannah Taplin sits among the festive hampers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Zoe Garnish from Lighthouse Women’s Aid said, “The students at Farlingaye High School astound us every year with their imaginative array of festive hampers, filled to the brim with wonderful food for the families we have in refuge at Christmas.

“We have seen designs of an igloo, penguin, snowman, ski slope, Christmas pudding to name but a few and the children love them as they are used for decorations at their Christmas party and around the refuge.

Hamper created by Farlingaye High students. Picture: GREGG BROWNHamper created by Farlingaye High students. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“We are always extremely thankful to Farlingaye for always thinking of Lighthouse and their amazing generosity. It goes a long way to make Christmas a brighter time for the women and children in refuge.”

Sixth former Hannah Taplin said: “It’s always so much fun to make the hampers and it’s a nice way to get things to people who need them at Christmas time. When you start to make your hamper, you know it’s nearly Christmas.”

Headteacher Andy Sievewright said: “Christmas Hamper Day is a great Farlingaye tradition. This year students really excelled themselves and made a fantastic contribution to the local community.”

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