14+ Apprenticeship Academy delivers Christmas appeal

This year has been challenging for many and we know many families struggle with the added pressure of Christmas. 

As a result of the pandemic, many families across the country have been made redundant, unemployed or faced a loss of earnings in the household.

To support families in need this Christmas, the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy launched an Academy Christmas Appeal. With the help of individuals, staff, families and local businesses, the academy has created a family-friendly shoebox for every learner within the provision.

The boxes are full of essential items to help families get through Christmas, including food, small gifts, candles, toys, toiletries, crafts, stationery and clothes.

Ellie Barker, Head of Year 10 at the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy, helped organise the festive appeal.

“We know that Christmas can be an emotionally and financially difficult time. At the academy, we wanted to do all we could to support our learners and families by creating shoe boxes to relieve some pressure during the holiday season. We’ve been overwhelmed with the generosity of our fellow academy learners, families, wider Leeds City College staff and local businesses.

“The academy is open for 14-16 year olds who find mainstream education difficult and our alternative environment supports those with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Many learners and families at the academy are disadvantaged, so we hope our appeal will really help them have an enjoyable holiday.”

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