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Special donation by local primary school for Airedale’s children’s ward

By 20 December 2021No Comments
Pupils from St Mary's Primary School Parliament in front of a christmas tree

Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School in Riddlesden have organised a special donation for Airedale Hospital.

Members of the School Parliament decided that they wanted to do something to help other children and set up a collection to buy Christmas presents for children who will be on the hospital’s children’s ward on Christmas Day.

Having shared this plan with the rest of the school, they raised enough funds to create 25 gift bags – containing puzzle books, pens, crayons, sweets and other treats – and to buy extra toys and books for the ward playroom.


May Whitaker, Year 4 Class Teacher at St Mary’s, said:

“This is the first project that our School Parliament has done and I am so proud of them.   With the support of children and their parents across the school, they raised an amazing £647 and have bought some lovely gifts for Airedale’s Children’s Ward.


“It’s fantastic to have this link with Airedale Hospital, and we hope to do more work with them in the future.”

Katie Lister from the Trust, who received the gifts on behalf of Airedale Hospital & Community Charity was delighted.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw all the gift bags – the generosity of the children at St Mary’s is wonderful.


“The School Parliament has done incredibly well to organise this donation. These are gifts from children to help other children, which makes them even more special.  A heartfelt thank you from all of us here at Airedale to the School Parliament, and everyone at St Mary’s.”


Photographed: Katie Lister (accepting the gifts on behalf of Airedale Hospital and Community Charity) with members of St Mary’s Primary School Parliament.