Pupils and staff at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy have been bringing joy and comfort to hundreds of people across Bradford as part of a festive charity drive.

Young pupils at the school have been raising funds through activities and challenges for their annual Festive Winter Gift Programme.

Pupils taking part in Pyjama Day

Throughout the month of December, the school was a hive of activity with pupils taking part in a series of fundraising activities, which included a special Santa Dash, Pyjama Day, Crazy Hair Day and a Christmas Jumper Day. The money raised by pupils was donated to local causes and also used to fund the purchase of gifts for local charities and initiatives.

Toys and gifts for children and young people were collected and donated to Bradford Hospital Trust and local charity, Staying Put – Family Action and Women Centre. Pupils helped to care for homeless people at the Salvation Army and Bradford Nightstop, through a shoebox appeal, where pupils filled 50 boxes with gifts and items to provide comfort.

More than 30 hampers packed with handmade decorations, festive messages, treats and gifts were donated to nursing home workers to give thanks for their hard work during the pandemic. Nursing home residents were also remembered with festive gift bags containing treats and kind messages.

Clare Daddy, Principal at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy, thanked pupils, parents and staff for their support during the campaign.

She said: “This year’s Festive Winter Gift campaign has been a little different but, thanks to the incredible support from our caring school community, we have still been able to make a huge difference.

“Pupils have been working incredibly hard to produce gifts and take part in activities, all during a time where many are coping with enormous change.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign and helped to spread a little kindness around Bradford.”