Pupils count blessings for Grantham Hospital appeal
Pupils at a secondary school in Grantham have been collecting items for cancer patients at Grantham Hospital.
The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s were responding to a Christmas plea from the hospital, which is collecting a range of items for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Art teacher Tracey Bainbridge told her form group about the appeal during tutor time.
The next day, Bethia Wright, a pupil in Year 10, turned up at school with 20 bags full of items and turned up with another huge donation the day after, too. More pupils and staff got involved and contributed to the collection by donating ginger biscuits, lip balm, tissues, herbal tea and mint.
It is believed that ginger biscuits help with the nausea, mints help with the taste in the mouth and herbal teas settle the stomach.
The items were then put together by a team at the hospital to create ‘Blessings Bags’, along with a hand knitted or crocheted hat for the patients.
Executive headteacher Susan Dench said: “We are so proud of Bethia, and grateful to Mrs Bainbridge who inspires our young people to act with care and compassion for others.
“Bethia and Mrs Bainbridge have brought such joy into the lives of strangers.
“This is truly what Christmas is all about.”