CHILDREN at a Ringley primary school have been collecting donations to give to the homeless in Bolton.
Class 5 of St Saviour CE Primary School have been contacting local businesses asking them to donate food and items to help the homeless.
The children, aged nine to ten, have collected sleeping bags, food, toiletries and clothing to give to rough sleepers.
Their teacher, Helen Kemp, could not be more proud of the youngsters.
Mrs Kemp said: “I’m truly proud of what thoughtful and caring children I have in my class.
“They initiated all these things themselves and are making a difference in other people’s lives.
“It just shows that although they are only young they have pure hearts and dreams about what kind of community and world they would like to live in.
“I hope they carry on growing up to be such compassionate young people.”
Following the school’s Christmas fair Class 5’s Ellie-Jo McSherry and Lani Maynard asked their teacher if they could take the leftover food to the homeless of Bolton.
After taking the food down the two realised there was much more that could be done.
The children then put together a list of items that would help rough sleepers.
Lani, aged 10, said: “We wanted to help more because there are hundreds of people on the streets of Bolton and Manchester without food and a place to live.”
The children took the list to their school asking the teachers what they could do to help.
Mrs Kemp therefore encouraged the class to write letters to local businesses asking for donations.
They received a great response.
Many local companies donated items and Tesco in Longcauseway put £20 behind the counter for the class to buy food for the homeless community.
Class 5’s Harry Maguire took one step further using his birthday money to help buy a bike for a homeless man his family had met in Bury called Mark who needed transport to get to work.
Harry, aged 9, said: “I think that giving to the less fortunate is a good thing.”
Mrs Kemp and the children hope that other businesses take inspiration and donate in the near future.
They plan to collect more scarves, warm socks, gloves, sleeping bags and toiletries.
By Emily Murray