WE were delighted to donate and deliver a haul of goodies (1,000 items in total!) to Jimmy’s Cambridge just before Christmas!

Jimmy’s works with the local community, volunteers and partner agencies to deliver 24/7 emergency accommodation for the homeless in and around Cambridge.

Every Christmas for the last eight years, Sean Quinn, Head of Psychology at King’s Ely Senior, joins forces with his Year 12 and 13 Psychology students to orchestrate a charity collection in conjunction with the pupils’ topic of social change.

Jimmy’s sent a wish-list of items through to Mr Quinn and during the last two and a half weeks of term, Mr Quinn and his Sixth Form team set about collecting as many items as possible, including toiletries, socks, winter clothing, Christmas treats and more.

Mr Quinn said: “As this was quite a short period of time at the end of a long term, the target was set at a modest yet challenging 250 items.

“After week one we were on track with about 160 items, but fuelled with goodwill and a sprinkling of year group competition, the donations quickly started to snowball as if by magic! In the end, we totalled 1,000 items, which with the help of my wife and my daughter, Niamh the Elf, we delivered to Jimmy’s in time for Christmas.

“1,000 items is a truly special tally and I am delighted that the students engaged so positively at this trying time. I am so grateful to everyone who donated.”

Pictured is Niamh, who attends King’s Ely Junior, with some of the donated items – well done everyone!

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