Hats off to woolly wonders!

Year Eight pupils from Hodgson Academy organised a winter woollies collection for the Salvation Army's Bridge Project

Year Eight pupils from Hodgson Academy organised a winter woollies collection for the Salvation Army's Bridge Project

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The charitable Poulton youngsters have collected a hoard of hats, gloves and scarves to donate to the Salvation Army’s Bridge Project which helps homeless and vulnerable adults in Blackpool.

The Year Eight student ambassadors from Hodgson Academy on Moorland Road encouraged their classmates to donate unwanted winter woollies to help people through the colder months.

A successful food collection for the Salvation Army, on Raikes Parade, Blackpool, back in October spurred the pupils on to do more for the charity.

Vice Community Ambassador Sam Eaves, 13, told The Gazette: “We donated food to the Salvation Army following our Harvest Festival in October, and learnt how they also needed hats, scarves and gloves to distribute to the homeless during these cold months.”

Staff at the school said they were impressed when the pupils took it upon themselves to carry on the charity work.

Dawn Taylor, community co-ordinator, added: “It was the pupils’ idea to donate unwanted items, they spearheaded it.

“They really understood the idea behind it and the people they would be helping.”

The school has given more than 100 hats, scarves and pairs of gloves to the Project.

Jo Garcia-Vico, relief project worker at the Bridge Project, said: “Any extra warmth people can get in this weather is a massive help to them.

“It’s a simple thing but what that can mean is huge.

“Every donation we get is so appreciated, we were delighted with the school’s collection.”

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