Students at Bolingbroke provide some ‘Winter Warmth’ within their local community

Before students prepared to break up for Christmas holiday, the Student Parliament led on a heart-warming community project to make a positive contribution to their local area. They decided to make Christmas hampers for those they felt would be most-in-need during the festive season.


They named the project ‘Winter Warmers’ and asked for donations from their peers such as hot drinks and flasks, tinned soup/beans, pasta and biscuits to put in the packs. Student Parliament members raised awareness of the project by talking in assemblies and visiting form groups urging people to contribute.

They were also greatly supported by O2, one of the big businesses in the Runcorn area who were keen to get involved as soon as they heard about the project. O2 Staff created a collection point at their CAPITA building in Preston Brook and invited the Student Parliament members Milly Ward, Taylor Braithewaite and Ewan Jago to join them in packaging up the donated goodies.

As a combined effort students and staff created sixty-five fantastic 'Winter Warmer Packs.' Fifty packs were collected by Adult Social Care who will be issuing them over the Christmas period to elderly residents across Runcorn who lack food and/or visitors.

Social Care said that the packs are ‘greatly appreciated and will make a big difference to the people who receive them.’ Fifteen packs were also donated to Creative Support, formerly the YMCA in Halton Lodge who were thrilled with the gesture and said they will use the hampers as prizes for their festive quiz.

Mrs Stacey Snagg, who co-ordinated the 'Winter Warmers' Project with the Student Parliament said: "Our students are always keen to help those less fortunate than themselves and worked hard to bring a little bit of happiness to those in need this Christmas. I am very proud of them all."