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Alness pupils' kindness reaches out to vulnerable as Bridgend, Coulhill and Obsdale primary schools team up for heart-warming effort for senior citizens


By Louise Glen

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Pupils with packages as part of the Alness Christmas Kindness Project.
Pupils with packages as part of the Alness Christmas Kindness Project.

A LITTLE bit of kindness from parents and pupils has seen 264 packages given to the elderly and vulnerable in Alness.

A collaboration between all three primary schools in the town, led by Bridgend Parent Council, saw poems, cards and gifts delivered in the week leading up to Christmas.

Bridgend parent council member Amanda Mackenzie said: "As a result of Covid–19 this year a lot of fun activities have been denied to the children in our communities but also the elderly and vulnerable have been left feeling even more lonely and isolated than normal.

"Christmas has always been a time for caring and sharing but this year more than ever it is important that we teach our children the joy of kindness."

Pupils with packages as part of the Alness Christmas Kindness Project.
Pupils with packages as part of the Alness Christmas Kindness Project.

She continued: "With this in mind The Alness Christmas Kindness Project was born. Bridgend Parent Council organised a collaboration between the three Primary Schools in Alness –Bridgend, Coulhill, and Obsdale –with a project aim for the primary pupils to create 264 handmade personal gifts that would be delivered to the elderly or vulnerable in our community.

"The children fully embraced the project and created beautiful gifts including decorated gift bags, poems, cards and Christmas baubles. Feedback from the schools has been that the children were very enthusiastic about creating their gifts and were excited to be involved with their counterpart schools."

Pupils with packages as part of the Alness Christmas Kindness Project.
Pupils with packages as part of the Alness Christmas Kindness Project.

The project was awarded £1000 from the local Covid-19 fund which was money applied for from Highlands and Islands Enterprise by local councillors Carolyn Wilson and Pauline Munro.

The funding provided a gift bag, containing a Christmas mug and a sweet treat to be gifted to the recipients in addition to the home made gifts and poems.

She added: "It has put an emphasis on kindness at a difficult time for many."

The project adhered to strict social distancing and quarantine regulations to ensure the safety of the pupils and recipients.

It was carried out before the current lockdown.


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