Barton Peveril Sixth Form College has contributed hundreds of toys, gifts and more to Scratch Charity, bringing joy to children in need throughout Southampton this festive season. The College has now donated over 1,850 gifts to the Southampton-based charity over the past four 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 across Hampshire.
Students and staff at the Hampshire-based 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. Nonetheless, the College remains committed to fostering the culture of giving back and looks forward to continuing its efforts in supporting community initiatives that contribute to the well-being of Southampton residents.
Ann Laird, Chair of the board of SCRATCH, shows her gratitude:
Thank you, Barton Peveril staff and students, for your amazing generosity over the last few years. It’s such a pleasure to see our volunteers collect the gifts you’ve donated – almost as soon as you bring them – so they can put them into packages for children and teenagers who’ll be so pleased to receive them at Christmas. Demand has risen in the last few years, and 2023 will undoubtedly see the same, so your continued support will be most welcome.
Vice Principal of Students and Progress, Jan Frost also says:
We are honoured to support Scratch again this year. The Barton Peveril community tries to take every opportunity to help local families celebrate the Christmas they deserve at a difficult time for many. We are really pleased to support this remarkable charity and the fantastic work they do.