Children and staff at Saighton Primary School have donated more than 70 shoeboxes filled with useful gifts to the homeless people of Chester in time for Christmas.

Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) provides basic support for those in crisis on a daily basis. On Christmas day they will serve meals to homeless people at its centre and go out into the community in search of others spending Christmas day on the streets. They give homeless people a Christmas lunch and a present in the form of a Christmas shoebox.

The school heard of the plea for Christmas shoeboxes and decided to make it this term’s charitable appeal. By supporting a local charity that the children could easily identify the school hopes to remind the pupils of the true meaning of Christmas.

Gifts inside the shoeboxes included toiletries, woolly hats, gloves and chocolate. Boxes were covered with Christmas paper and included a card wishing them a happy Christmas from ‘someone who cares’.

Rob Bissett, of CATH, visited the school to collect the boxes and tell the children something of the work of the organisation. He was delighted with the children’s efforts.

He said: “Thanks to the children at Saighton, every homeless person in Chester will now get a gift on Christmas Day.”

Mavis Sellers, headteacher, said, “When we started the appeal we thought we might get 40 boxes. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the families at school. It makes me proud of my school.”