In the last few weeks of term, boys in Harpur House were encouraged to either write a card, a poem, do a Christmas drawing or write a Christmas riddle to send to those in temporary shelter this Christmas with the charity: SMART Prebend Centre.
The teacher behind the challenge, Mrs Eugenie Chaillou-Kindred, who has worked with the charity, explained, “The card project was an excellent way to raise awareness amongst our boys about homelessness and loneliness during the festive period. It encouraged them to express their kindness in a lovely manner. The cards created by the boys will be given out on Christmas day to residents and, hopefully, bring a smile to faces.”
We are delighted to say that over 50 boys were able to take up the challenge before we switched to remote learning, and we hope that their cards, drawings and poems will provide a little joy to those in need in our local community this Christmas.
About SMART Prebend Centre
The SMART Prebend Centre provides facilities, support and guidance to relieve rough sleeping and to prevent further homelessness.
Due to COVID-19, the Prebend Centre had to close this year to keep its staff and users safe. However, working closely with Bedford Council, they have been able to secure hotel accommodation for their registered rough sleepers, so that their service users could self-isolate and keep safe. However, they still need donations of food, clothing, toiletries and bedding to help the homeless individuals that they support. If you would like to help, please visit their website.