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14th April 21
In December 2020, The Gower School Primary invited families to donate Christmas gifts to Islington children in care. Working with Laura Eden, Director of Safeguarding for London Borough of Islington, the initiative was a great success, resulting in 87 gift donations.
This year, in the run-up to Easter, we asked our parents to consider donating an Easter gift bag for vulnerable local children by the end of the Spring Term. We recommended that each bag contain an Easter egg, a little toy, activity or book, and if possible, a card made by their child.
Ultimately, our Easter Gift Appeal became an even bigger expression of the TGS community’s kindness and generosity than our Christmas Appeal. Between both our Primary and Nursery sites, we received an astounding total of 389 Easter gift bags from TGS families. Islington Council were overwhelmed by the response when they came to collect the gifts, and photos from collection day are available on our Facebook page.
According to Laura, at any one time, Islington has 1,000 children either in need or at risk, with more than 90% of them living in poverty and/or overcrowded living conditions. She mentioned that there are 211 children on Child Protection Plans, with agencies and parents working to reduce risk of harm suffered, and 351 children in care.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for each of us – but these troubling statistics are an important reminder that there are many individuals out there who are not as fortunate as we are, and that the pandemic affected them significantly more. With this in mind, we are very proud of our charitable initiatives and how much the TGS community has done to support vulnerable children in Islington.
Our Principal, Miss Emma Gowers, and our Form Six children donating Christmas gifts for Islington children in care in December 2020.