A SECONDARY school has embraced the meaning of Christmas by collecting donations for hampers that will be donated to charities over the festive season.

Horizon Community College, Dodworth Road, collects donations each year to make hampers which are donated to Age UK. This year, they decided to collect donations for Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project (BCDP) and the domestic abuse charity IDAS Barnsley.

“Every year since the school became Horizon we have run a hamper collection,” said Lucy Kenyon, events manager at the school. “Students bring in donations of food, toiletries, small items of clothing and we fill the hampers and send them out to people who may not get anything or see anyone at Christmas.

“This year we decided to expand the project to include more charities to help more people.”

As well as collecting donations for the hampers, donations were also sought for the 17 children living at a refuge run by IDAS, so that they would have something to open on Christmas day.

“I am really happy that each of the 17 children will receive a present on Christmas day and that we can help in some way.

“I really want to encourage the students to give back at Christmas and I think this is a perfect way to do that.”

The students collected enough donations to fill 141 hampers, 110 will be donated to Age UK, 20 to BCDP, 11 to IDAS alongside the 17 presents for the children at the refuge.