XL class launch Christmas hamper project

Hampers will be distributed to island residents in need this Christmas.
Hampers will be distributed to island residents in need this Christmas.

Rothesay Academy’s S3 XL pupils are launching their Christmas hamper appeal this year, with hopes of smashing their predecessors’ result from last year.

In what has become an annual project, the pupils have distributed donation boxes to island businesses, centres and churches where non-perishable food items can be left. The donations will then be collected in by the pupils, and packaged, catering for disadvantaged and vulnerable single people, couples and families across Bute.

The S3 class will hand deliver the hampers, paying visits to the island’s sheltered housing complexes accompanied by singers from the school who will provide some festive cheer for the residents.

Other hampers will be delivered to the HELP Project and Argyll and Bute Council’s social work department, with staff there ensuring packages reach those in need in our community over the festive period.

Donations of food items can be made at the following locations: Moat Centre, Rothesay Leisure Centre, Rothesay Primary, North Bute Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, Trinity Church, St Andrew’s Church, The United Church of Bute, Fyne Homes, Mac’s Bar, and The Galatea Bar.

Youth worker, Ann Kennovin, told us: “In the past it’s been down to the community’s generosity that the project has been so successful, so we’re hoping that with the same level of support we’ll be able to match, or even break, last year’s record of 120 hampers.”

If you’d like to contribute to the pupils’ efforts by donating non-perishable food items, please note that the deadline is on Monday, December 14.