PUPILS at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery have gone out of their way to help support people who are less fortunate than themselves.

Earlier this year, Richard Hill, his wife Samantha and their son, Jackson, who used to attend King’s Ely Nursery, moved from Ely to Belize on the eastern coast of Central America to set up Realize Belize – a charity which supports children, young people and adults with disabilities to lead happy, healthy and active lives.

The charity is organising a Christmas Big Breakfast event for its families, the majority of whom live in poverty, where children will be able to meet Father Christmas and receive a present that they otherwise would be unlikely to receive.

Aware that the Hill family were returning to Ely earlier this month (October) to visit family and friends, staff at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery decided to organise a toy collection in aid of the charity and the families it supports.

In true King’s Ely fashion, pupils, staff and parents went above and beyond to make the collection a success, donating enough new and used toys and books to fill four large boxes.

Samantha and Jackson were invited into King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery to collect the boxes and were genuinely overwhelmed by the amount of goodies that had been donated.

Samantha said: “We cannot believe how generous everyone has been, it’s unbelievable. The new toys and books will be given out to children who would otherwise be unlikely to receive a Christmas present due to their family’s poverty and the used toys that have been donated will be used in the sessions we run with families. We cannot thank everyone at King’s Ely Acremont and Nursery enough for their generosity.”

For more information about Realize Belize, including how you can support the charity, please visit www.realizebelize.org.

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