Baubles carrying special messages for the homeless have been created this year by children from Holy Cross Primary School, Uckfield.
They are displayed on a Christmas tree donated by former pupil Michael Grant, of Christmas Trees at White House Farm, as he does every year.
The tree with its messages will be part of the Holy Cross Church Festival of Christmas Trees which, this year, will be shared virtually, on Saturday, December 5, at 5.30pm.
The theme for the baubles was chosen after the school was contacted by Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), a charity combating homelessness across East and West Sussex, to see if it would like to take part in an awareness-raising event.
Over the last five decades the charity has helped thousands of people with complex needs to secure safe accommodation, overcome barriers to work, and learning, and address issues such as addiction, poverty and mental health.
Holy Cross school decided to sign up to the awareness and fund-raising campaign with the aim of getting the children to think about what it means tone homeless, and to raise money to help vulnerable people who need it, especially at this time of year.
All the children joined in class discussions and decorated printed baubles with messages of support for those in need and then added them to the school Christmas tree.
A school spokesperson said: “We were very proud to show off our tree and decorations this year. During the filming of our tree for the Virtual Tree Festival, our Year 5 and 6 children sung beautifully to accompany the video.
“We will very soon be sending our special baubles to BHT, so that they can use them to decorate their own trees, and those in need will be able to read the lovely messages from our children.
“The money we raise from our annual Christmas Jumper Day this year will also be donated to BHT to help with all that they do.”
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