STUDENTS at Featherstone High School exemplified the Christmas spirit by donating festive hampers to pensioners in Southall.
Sixth formers visited the Go Terrace Club, which is under threat of closure, on Tuesday afternoon, armed with hampers full of Christmas presents.
Each class had prepared a package made up from items the students had donated themselves. And the hampers were carefully laden with items that elderly people might need or appreciate, including groceries, Christmas treats, games, books and scarfs. Students then spent the afternoon with the Go Terrace members, presenting the gifts and having a chat over a cup of tea and a mince pie.
They also led a sing-along of Christmas songs and prompted a few tears from members who were touched by the pupils' generosity.
Jackie Court, a volunteer for Go Terrace, said: "Featherstone and particularly the sixth formers have been fantastically generous with our members. Their contributions, both financial and emotional, have helped keep this club open for the last two years. Their warmth and generosity of spirit keeps us all going."
Gerry Wadwa, headteacher at Featherstone, said: "Our sixth form students heard about the lack of funding for the Go Terrace Club and have worked really hard to offer support through last summer's community fete and through the Christmas hampers.
"We are very proud of the tremendous community spirit they have shown and very disappointed that Go Terrace is due to close due to lack of funding."
Go Terrace is a voluntary organisation providing a safe and familiar place for the elderly to meet up and enjoy some company or a meal.
It is run primarily through donations but is due to close its doors in February, despite the help from the school, due to lack of funding.
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