Sutton students give big to keep Nottinghamshire children warm this winter

Forest Glade Primary pupils and teacher Thea Avison handing over clothes collected as part of their harvest festival to the Share Wear charity.
Forest Glade Primary pupils and teacher Thea Avison handing over clothes collected as part of their harvest festival to the Share Wear charity.

Kind-hearted primary school children have donated warm clothes to a Nottinghamshire charity to help those without this winter.

Forest Glade Primary School which has more than 200 students usually donates food to food banks as part of its Harvest Festival celebrations.

Brooke and Chloe with some of the mountain of clothes collected as part of the harvest festival at Forest Glade Primary

Brooke and Chloe with some of the mountain of clothes collected as part of the harvest festival at Forest Glade Primary

But this year the school on Mansfield Road, Sutton, which teams up with New Cross Community Church donated clothes to help people in the county stay warm.

Altogether 18 “massive” bin bags and give bags for life were filled with donated clothes.

Ruby Welch, aged seven, from Sutton, donated Christmas jumpers, hat and pair of socks.

She said: “I don’t want children to be cold this winter, some children don’t have any clothes and I want to keep children warm.”

Brooke Serman, 10, from Sutton, brought in a hat, gloves and a scarf.

She said: “Some people don’t have anything to wear so it is good to donate.”

Thea Avison, 39, who teaches children in Foundation stage two and music said she has been “blown away” by the amount of donations the children have brought in.

She said: “We have had such a good response from the children. They have gone through their wardrobes to give away what didn’t fit or what they don’t wear - they have been so driven.

“They kept saying they were going to help so many children stay warm - it has blown me away.”

The clothes are going to be sent to Nottinghamshire charity Sharewear Clothing Scheme which provides emergency clothing, shoes and bedding to people Nottinghamshire currently in crisis.