Christmas cards from Darlington pupils

Schools across the town are invited to participate in a Christmas initiative to support residents staying at home.

Darlington Support, the charity set up to help local people during the pandemic, has received letters and pictures from school children to keep the spirits up of residents during this year’s unusual Christmas season.

The pupils produced cards, drawings and messages about the festive season, which would be distributed by Darlington Support volunteers when delivering meals, shopping, prescriptions or books to local residents.

Vanessa Hilton, who leads a team of volunteers for Darlington Support in the Hummersknott area, said: "This will be an unusual Christmas for our community. We would like to do everything we can to support the town during this period. The beautiful cards and pictures from local school children will come as a nice surprise to many residents. We would like to say a massive thank you to every pupil who has taken part in this project.”

Darlington Borough Councillor Hilary Lucas, who is also a Darlington Support Team Leader for Red Hall and Lingfield, added: “After the success we had earlier in the year with the Letters to Shielders project, where local pupils produced messages of support and encouragement to residents who were shielding at home, we decided to launch another initiative during the festive season. I am really pleased that children from Red Hall Primary School have already submitted their lovely Christmas cards and drawings and participated in this fantastic community activity.”

Darlington Borough Councillor Sajna Ali, who is also a Ward Coordinator for Northgate, commented: "It’s lovely to spread some kindness through our local pupils who have produced Christmas Messages to share warmth during the festive season. I am proud that our children from Corporation Road Community Primary School have created lovely Christmas cards and drawings and participated in spreading positivity during such uncertain times, it’s always nice to receive something personal especially during COVID measures, so we do see that for safety people are preferring to use electronic or social media platforms to send greetings, but those who feel digitally excluded in our community can get forgotten about."

For Darlington schools who would like to take part in this project, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: "Christmas Cards".

 

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