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15 December 2016

Beaconsfield High makes a special Christmas delivery at Epilepsy Society

Pictured: Sandy, resident at Epilepsy Society Chalfont Centre, receives her christmas box from students Rachie and Lizzie. 

Thoughtful pupils from Beaconsfield High School delivered festive cheer to residents at Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre at the annual Chalfont Boxes event.

For over 20 years Beaconsfield High School has participated in the Christmas tradition of delivering presents to around 100 residents at the centre in Chalfont St Peter.

Students are each assigned a resident's name plus a wish list which they use to fill a Christmas box with gifts for that person. Some students hand craft their own gift box and include a personal message for the resident.

This year over 100 Christmas boxes were provided with roughly 15 students hand delivering the boxes to residents from different homes on site. Delivering the boxes meant the students could also meet with the residents who are always touched by the kindness and care the students take in putting together their gifts.

Christmas tradition

The event has gathered such popularity at the school that it is often inundated with children wishing to take part. Claire Priestley, head of PE at Beaconsfield High, has been part of the much loved event for 17 years and head teacher Rachel Smith has eagerly supported the process .

Timothy Wright, the centre's volunteer coordinator, said the event 'has become a much loved tradition for the residents who call the Epilepsy Society their home.  They truly love receiving the boxes and I know would wish me to pass on their sincere thanks to everybody who was involved this year."

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