Highbury travel and tourism students showed the true meaning of Christmas after taking part in a shoebox appeal.

Students and tutor sitting in a classroom looking at the camera holding Christmas shoeboxes

The Level 3 students worked together to send off six shoeboxes through charity Link to Hope.

The donations aim to help bring festive cheer to families and the elderly who live in poverty-stricken areas of eastern Europe.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism student Mia Page said: “We’re fortunate enough to help people that can’t help themselves. It was one of those ‘why wouldn’t you?’ situations. Projects like this can help people so much. It makes you feel good in yourself.”

Mia worked with fellow student Ellie Whitaker to prepare the shoebox which included toiletries, a card game, gloves, hot water bottle and sweets.

Ellie added: “The situation in their countries are a lot tougher than it is in ours, so we just thought we could make it easier for them. It’s a much bigger deal than just a small act of kindness. Watching the videos, it’s quite heartbreaking to see the conditions some people live in. It made me feel quite proud that I can do my bit and try to make the best of a bad situation.”

Link to Hope’s shoebox appeals delivers shoeboxes filled with toiletries, games, stationery, sweets, toys and small clothing items in time for Christmas.  The annual Family Shoebox Appeal has been running since 1992 and has sent more than 800,000 shoeboxes to hundreds of different locations.

Travel and tourism tutor Amy Benham said: “I’m so proud of our students for choosing to support such a thoughtful and lovely project. Every week we hold tutorials where our students have the chance to discuss different ethical topics.

“Recently we spoke about how important it is to recognise how fortunate we are and how we are privileged to be able to access education. They went away and had a brainstorm and as a group they decided on the shoebox appeal. The students said they feel as though they have put some good back into the world.”

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  • Date 05/11/2019