Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students and staff have once again donated hundreds of toys to local charity SCRATCH, which will be gifted to children in need across Southampton this Christmas. The College has now donated over 1,750 gifts to the Southampton-based charity in the past three years.
SCRATCH (Southampton City Regions Action to Combat Hardship) is a registered charity founded in 1999 to relieve the effects of poverty for families and individuals. Located in Southampton, the charity provides assistance to families and individuals in Southampton and across Hampshire.
Students and staff at the College donated the toys as part of a wider effort to give to the region’s charities. SCRATCH is just one of the many charities the Barton Peveril Student Committee has elected to receive donations this academic year.
“It’s a special thing to give a gift to a child”
The Chair of SCRATCH Charity, Ann Laird, commented on the College’s donations:
“We’re so delighted that Barton Peveril has decided to support us again. It’s a special thing to give a gift to a child you’ll never meet and whose parents can never thank you. So, let me convey our gratitude on behalf of all the children and young people who’ll benefit.”
Barton Peveril Principal Rob Temple commented on the College’s donations:
“Barton Peveril is proud to support SCRATCH. Given the cost of living crisis, this is going to be an exceptionally difficult year for many families, and we hope that, by providing toys and gifts to children who might otherwise go without presents, we are able in some small way to soften the impact of financial squeeze on the most vulnerable members of our community.“