Ringwood School students donate to Christmas homeless appeal


STUDENTS at a New Forest school have donated more than 2,500 items of food, toiletries and clothing to support a homeless Christmas appeal.

A wonderful response from the youngsters at Ringwood School is the Danny Cracknell Homeless Christmas Appeal, who, with the help of the Salvation Army, will be distributing all the items to some of the most vulnerable members of the community this winter.

The Mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Gareth DeBoos along with representatives from the Salvation Army and the Danny Cracknell Appeal joined Ringwood Sixth Form students to collect, sort and pack the items ready for distribution.

Leanne Symonds, director, said: “We are delighted to once again support Danny Cracknell Homeless in the Christmas appeal.

“The students and families of the school donated more than 2,500 items for the most vulnerable in our community during this year’s appeal. I am proud of their response and the kindness they have shown to strangers this time of year.

Bournemouth Echo: Pupils at Ringwood School donate more than 2,000 items of food, toiletries and clothing to Danny Cracknell Homeless in Christmas Appeal.Pupils at Ringwood School donate more than 2,000 items of food, toiletries and clothing to Homeless Danny Cracknell in the Christmas Appeal. (Image: Ringwood School)

“I’m especially grateful to our families who are finding it harder than usual this year and who still helped others.”

The appeal was originally created by Danny Cracknell, who was mayor of Ringwood for 30 years until his death in 2010. It aims to help those less fortunate than others by offering canned food, toiletries and clothing during Christmas. time.

Dr Abernethy, Head of Anning House at Ringwood School, added: “The buzz in the room was amazing, it was so heartwarming and inspiring to see groups of students from each tutor group arriving with loads of donations for the Danny Cracknell Homeless Christmas Appeal.

“Our Sixth Form students were fantastic in helping to count, sort and stack the donations ready to be loaded into the Salvation Army vans. Thank you to all the students and families at Ringwood School for their help with this appeal.”

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