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21 December 2015

Joyful and triumphant at Epilepsy Society

Kind-hearted pupils from Beaconsfield High School delivered Christmas cheer to residents at Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre at the annual Chalfont Boxes event.

For over 20 years Beaconsfield High School has honoured the festive tradition of delivering Christmas 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 wishing the recipient a happy Christmas.

This year over 200 Christmas boxes were provided with over 90 students hand delivering the boxes to residents from three different homes on site. Delivering the boxes meant the students could also meet with the residents who are always touched by the thoughtfulness and care of the students.

Such occasions are what Christmas is really about.

Popular event

The event has garnered such a popularity at the school, that over 250 children put their names forward to take part. Claire Priestley, head of PE at Beaconsfield High has been part of the much loved event for 17 years.

'I am always impressed by the effort that students show when searching for and purchasing specific gifts. It's a great way for the students to meet the residents who have varying needs. The students benefit enormously from this experience,' said Miss Priestley.

Anna, a student from the school, commented: 'We can't wait for this every year. The best thing is seeing the residents' reactions when they find out what they've got!'

Erica, another student added: 'A lot of the residents won't get lots of presents, but everyone should get something at Christmas.'

Timothy Wright, the centre's volunteer co-ordinator said the event was 'an important yearly event that is thoroughly enjoyed by the residents and staff alike. Such occasions are what Christmas is really about.'

Pictured above is Timothy Wright with Graham Felkins who has lived at Epilepsy Society for 50 years.

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Read about residential care at Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire.