Youngsters donate Christmas hampers

Anglia Sunshine Nursery has been busy collecting gifts and food for those less fortunate this Christmas''Pictured: CHildren: Maty Morgan, Mia Morgan, Sarah Lawrence. Nursery Workers: Hannah Gibbs, Lianna Shaw and Lisa Cox ANL-141223-114601009
Anglia Sunshine Nursery has been busy collecting gifts and food for those less fortunate this Christmas''Pictured: CHildren: Maty Morgan, Mia Morgan, Sarah Lawrence. Nursery Workers: Hannah Gibbs, Lianna Shaw and Lisa Cox ANL-141223-114601009

Nursery children in Sudbury have been busy making hampers filled with gifts to give to those less fortunate this Christmas.

Children at Anglia Sunshine Nursery on Chilton Industrial Estate brought in unwanted toys, small gifts or food to make up a number of Christmas hampers.

Nursery manager Jaena Nabi said the project was a chance for the children to give to those in their community.

“We encourage the children throughout the year to understand and appreciate how there are many people who are less fortunate than ourselves,” she said.

“The idea of the Christmas hamper appeal was to educate the children that Christmas is not just about the Nativity and receiving gifts, but a time for sharing and giving, too.

“Christmas really is a time when we focus on our children, but to also think of those children who will not have the magical Christmas that our children are so fortunate to experience.”

The children have been fundraising all year round by getting creative with sponsored dress up days, cake sales and even by growing their own flowers.

Jaena said fundraising was a big part of the nursery’s ethos.

“I am immensely proud of the children’s fundraising efforts throughout the year,” she said. “In one way or another, they have helped raise money for different deserving charities, which is just fantastic.”

As well as donating gifts for local causes, the children have put together a special hamper for the Great Cornard family who lost all their belongings in a house fire.

Jaena said it was an opportunity to give back to the family in their hour of need.

“We try very hard in everything we do to get the children thinking and caring about others,” she said.

“When one of our members of staff became instrumental in setting about the campaign to get items for the family, we decided we would make up a hamper for them, as well as giving some to the local children’s centre.”