Kind-hearted Coventry youngsters holding Christmas party for the lonely - The Coventry Observer

Kind-hearted Coventry youngsters holding Christmas party for the lonely

Coventry Editorial 9th Dec, 2023   0

KIND-hearted Coventry youngsters will help ensure 50 of the city’s elderly aren’t lonely this Christmas by providing them with a dinner and much-needed festive fun.

A group of 50 Year 12 students at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School are hosting a turkey dinner and games day for elderly people from four Coventry care homes on Wednesday, December 20.

The students, aged 16 to 17, have planned and fundraised for the Christmas treat in their spare time, hosting bake sales in school and raising more than £300 in donations.

The project is being delivered alongside the St Vincent de Paul Society, which supports voluntary action across England and Wales to offer friendship and support to isolated people.

Year 12 student Tom Stephens, who is also part of the St Vincent de Paul Society, is leading the project.

He said: “The SVP is an amazing charity which I am proud to be a part of, and this event is a great way to promote its message of helping less fortunate people through action.

“We hope it will make a huge difference to our guests to spend some time with them during a potentially lonely time of year, and the goal is to make a positive change in their lives.”

Tom Scott-Machin, Lay Chaplain at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, added: “I think this project has been so popular with our young people because they will get to see the result of their hard work.

“To see our fantastic year 12s so driven to make a difference and take ownership of the project has been incredible.

“It’s bound to be a really special day, and it’s all down to the way they have bought into the idea of supporting people who may be experiencing loneliness over Christmas.”


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