Caring pupils and staff at Starbank School have been helping to spread the gift of kindness as part of a special festive charity drive.

For the first time this year, the school took part in the Festive Winter Gift Programme where schools from across Star Academies – the multi-academy trust Starbank School joined in October – hold collections and raise funds to help people who may experience hardship over the festive season.

During a year which has brought isolation and loneliness for many elderly people, pupils at the school were determined to help gift kindness and friendship to their elderly neighbours in local care homes.

Pupils collected items that would bring comfort and warmth, including toiletries, biscuits, jams, chutneys, tea, coffee, snacks, slippers or socks, scarfs, hats and gloves. The gifts were carefully packed into beautifully decorated hampers and were delivered to residents at Panel Croft Village Retirement Village and Herondale and Kingfisher Care Homes in Birmingham.

As part of their activities, pupils joined with other Star Academies schools to take part in ‘Food for All Week’. From 7th to 13th December, all 29 schools across the Star Academies multi-academy trust distributed 50,000 food parcels and meals to those experiencing food poverty.

Gaetano Ferrante, Head Teacher at Starbank School, joined Associate Principals, Navdeep Malhi, Nadim Riaz and Hajra Rifat, in thanking pupils, parents and staff for their generous contributions.

Mr Ferrante said: “Throughout the month of December, our school has been a hive of activity where pupils and staff have worked with great commitment to help spread goodwill and kindness.

“We are very grateful to be part of such a wonderful and caring school community. Our first Festive Winter Gift appeal has been a huge success and I would like to thank our pupils, parents and our staff for dedication to this cause.”