School pupils donate toys to Children 1st

Kind-hearted pupils from one of Edinburgh’s biggest secondary schools have donated sack-loads of toys, games and other Christmas gifts for children receiving support from charity Children 1st.

The pupils from James Gillespie’s High School in the Bruntsfield area of the city were asked to think of children who were unlikely to get many presents this year. They responded by gathering more than 20 bags of gifts and stocking fillers including art sets, books and selection boxes.  

Web Small Photo Of Donations From James Gillespies

Julie Macleod is team leader at the Children 1st’s family support service in the city.

She said: “The families we work with are many and varied but poverty, mental health and poor or insecure housing are often issues.  These presents will ease the financial burden for parents and help them all have a happy Christmas. We are extremely grateful to James Gillespie’s staff and pupils.” 

It’s the second year pupils at the school have chosen to help Children 1st with their annual Christmas appeal. Teacher Leesa Fallon co-ordinated the appeal.

She said: “Taking part in a community project has engaged our pupils from S1-S6 encouraging them to reflect and think of others at this special time of year.  The number of gifts we received and the range of presents was outstanding. I am extremely proud of the support shown by our pupils and their families towards our Christmas appeal and their kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.”