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King’s Lynn Academy in Gaywood gives 100 Christmas hampers to community



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King’s Lynn Academy completed a 100 hamper challenge because, for the second year running due to Covid, the Gaywood school was unable to hold its Christmas meal for the community.

Instead of sitting down 100 elderly neighbours to a festive lunch, the Lynn secondary organised 100 food or pamper hampers as a replacement mission.

Head of Year 9 organiser, Hayley Lockey, led staff and students to pack gifts, food and drink in preparation for delivery.

Simon Anderson, Hayley Lockey, Chloe Cousins, Helen McGiven, Charis Prevett, Alison Taylor and Bev Whitehead with the Christmas hampers at KLA. MLNF-21IB12150
Simon Anderson, Hayley Lockey, Chloe Cousins, Helen McGiven, Charis Prevett, Alison Taylor and Bev Whitehead with the Christmas hampers at KLA. MLNF-21IB12150

Beneficiaries included the Lavender Court retirement housing complex, the Church of Nazarene and PHAB (Physical Handicapped and Able Bodied) Club.

Meanwhile, King's Lynn and District Round Table 54 have donated £500.

Mrs Lockey explained that students and staff contributed to the hampers and have been making up them during the past fortnight.

Head of Year 9, organiser Hayley Lockey and Helen McGiven with some of the hampers. MLNF-21IB12162
Head of Year 9, organiser Hayley Lockey and Helen McGiven with some of the hampers. MLNF-21IB12162

She said: "I've been asking for donations all year so staff have been regifting all year.

"It takes a little bit of organising. It would have been lovely to do the meal but hopefully next year we'll be all right."

There were two types: pamper hampers were tailored for both ladies and gents; while food hampers were packed with items like Christmas pudding, stollen cake, crackers, tins and biscuits.

Alison Taylor with one of the hampers. MLNF-21IB12164
Alison Taylor with one of the hampers. MLNF-21IB12164

She added: "The staff and children are just amazing. It's been really lovely how they're all come together."

Simon Anderson, Hayley Lockey, Chloe Cousins, Helen McGiven, Charis Prevett, Alison Taylor and Bev Whitehead with the Christmas hampers at KLA. MLNF-21IB12154
Simon Anderson, Hayley Lockey, Chloe Cousins, Helen McGiven, Charis Prevett, Alison Taylor and Bev Whitehead with the Christmas hampers at KLA. MLNF-21IB12154


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