Give a gift and light up a life

Staff and students from Valley Park’s Sixth Form wore Christmas Jumpers to raise money for the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal...

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Captain Lynne Clifton, the Family Ministry Officer at Maidstone Salvation Army, came to Valley Park to receive a cheque for £571.41, which was raised by our Sixth Form Christmas Jumper Appeal,  and will provide gifts and Christmas food parcels to Maidstone families who face financial challenges.

The Salvation Army receives referrals from local schools, children’s centres and social services on behalf of families who would benefit from practical assistance at Christmas time.

Gifts and money are donated by the local community to provide for these families, and a fantastic team of volunteers organise the gifts, match them to recipients and parcel them up ready for delivery to those in need. 

‘The slogan of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Parcel Appeal is “Give a gift and light up a life”, ‘ said Lynne. ‘The generous donation made by Valley Park School will certainly make a huge difference to many Maidstone families this Christmas time.’

Some of our Sixth Form students regularly volunteer at Maidstone Salvation Army. 

‘I help Young Children and Mothers Club during my free times on Mondays and Fridays,’ said Adron Kabuye, ‘and I really do enjoy it!’

‘I volunteer with the Salvation Army as a personal choice, but it also helps with my Health & Social Care course,‘ said Taslima Miah. ‘The Salvation Army are an amazing organisation, and I’m glad we raised this money for them, as they do need it, especially during Christmas time.’

‘The young ladies who volunteer are wonderful, hard working students who are very keen to serve others,’ said Lynne, ‘and we’re hoping we can work more closely with Valley Park in future.’