Thus far, over the course of the Advent Term pupils have organised and participated in a range of outreach events, including the ‘Malawi Walk’, a cake sale for the Virtual Doctors and completing the autumn National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. In true Lancing philanthropist style, the spirit of giving continued into the festive season, with pupils creating love boxes and reverse advent calendars.
The Love in a Box initiative is led by the Eastbourne-based charity the Mustard Seed Relief Mission. Since 1992, the charity has sent roughly 40,000 boxes annually to disadvantaged and displaced children in Eastern Europe. This year, the Third and Fourth Form put together an impressive 32 love boxes, which comprised stationery, sweets, hygiene products, amongst other things. The aim, as noted by Third Former Grace B, is to select items that pupils themselves would like, with this year’s boxes going to children in Romania, Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Taking part in the relief effort enables Lancing pupils to help children of similar ages, who live in very different circumstances.
In addition to the love boxes, pupils have started a reverse advent calendar for the Worthing Churches Homeless Project. Commenting on the calendar, Fourth Former Abby H said “Pupils – in Sankey’s House - are designated a day in December, when they must bring in non-perishable items, which are later collected and sent to the Project. It is small gesture, which goes a long way, to ensure that those who are less fortunate have a happier Christmas.”
Both initiatives are wonderful and heart-warming opportunities for the pupils to give back, and we are grateful to be part of such worthy causes. With a new year fast approaching, we look forward to Charities Term, when the College can continue its outreach programmes.