Heanor Gate Christmas Hamper Appeal

A few weeks ago a decision was made by the government to stop free school meal allowance over the Christmas holiday period. This will affect many of our lowest income families at the most financially straining time of the year so, last week, we launched our Heanor Gate Christmas Hamper Appeal asking for the community’s help in providing these families with a hamper of quality items to take home for Christmas.

So far the support we have received has been outstanding and it seems we are well on our way to reach our target. We have been delighted to receive donations of quality Christmas goods from our students and their families, as well as companies in the local area, such as Matthew Walker who have kindly contributed a selection of their luxury Christmas puddings.

Over in Derby, Beechwood Mazda, where both of the Managing Directors Rob and John and their children are former students of HGSC, has even gone as far as setting up their own Heanor Gate Hamper fundraising page to give their customers the chance to support our appeal as they felt so passionately about the cause. After 4 days of the page being live their customers’ donations have already surpassed their initial target, making a significant contribution towards our appeal.

Our goal is to supply 300 hampers to our families by 11 December, but this will only be possible with continued support. If you can, please help us by donating. We have put together a list of ideal donations below that we’d love to include in the hampers so, if you would like to support our free school meal students and their families this Christmas, please bring what you can to the school’s reception where they will be gratefully received.

If you are able to help on a grander scale than individual donations, the Principal’s PA would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Lizzie Pearce at e.pearce@heanorgate.derbyshire.sch.uk.

Along with your donations, all of our usual Christmas fundraising will also be put towards this cause.

Together we can help everyone enjoy this Christmas. #TeamHeanor


Donation Ideas

  • Christmas Puddings
  • Mince Pies
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Panettone
  • Jams
  • Savouries
  • Tins or boxes of chocolate
  • Selection Boxes
  • Stocking Fillers


*Please ensure the best before date on donated food extends to beyond December.