Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Posted at 1:27 pm on 14th December, 2017

FGS Sixth Form students, led by Freya Ashcroft, Hannan Kenyon-Land and Lily Bettridge asked if the Sxith Form students could co-ordinate the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal on behalf of Manchester Street Angels at FGS this year.

The Shoe Box Appeal is for the homeless currently on the streets of Manchester at this festive time. The appeal is being run by Manchester Street Angels and there are a variety of drop off points all over the city and surrounding suburbs.

A reverse advent calendar strategy has been put in place by our students as a way of asking students and staff from the whole school community to contribute items for the shoe boxes.

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Freya and Hannah visited forms in both the Sixth Form and main school to promote the appeal and ensure all students and staff knew about this activity. This is yet another way that FGS community are giving back to others over this festive period and helping the less fortunate whilst sharing the true meaning of Christmas.

As part of their presentation the girls are encouraging students and staff to access and download an app called ‘Streetlink’, which aims to alert charities to the location of a homeless sleeper.  StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.

Freya said: ‘I always thought that somebody should do something to help and then I realised that I was that somebody.’

Hannah believes in the motto… ‘we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.’

Miss O’Halloran tweeted: ‘Just dropped off @FlixtonGS donations to the Manchester homeless shoebox appeal. Great campaign by street angels, very well done to our generous students.’