Bourne Academy pupils make Christmas hampers for the Butterfield Centre

Bourne Academy students with Christmas hampers for OAP's in the Bourne area. Pictured front right is  Lauren Anderson, deputy head girl in Turner House EMN-151216-181617009
Bourne Academy students with Christmas hampers for OAP's in the Bourne area. Pictured front right is Lauren Anderson, deputy head girl in Turner House EMN-151216-181617009
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School pupils have once again battled to create the best Christmas hampers with the results going to the Butterfield Centre in Bourne.

The 54 forms at Bourne Academy competed against each other to produce the best hamper in what is now a hotly-contested annual contest.

Pupils and staff excelled themselves this year with a fantastic array of filled hampers of every size and shape imaginable. Each form started with just a cardboard box and was asked to decorate it in a Christmas theme and fill it with a variety of food and gifts suitable for the older residents of Bourne.

On Wednesday last week,members from each form brought their boxes down to be judged, then the panel of independent judges – Liz Dilley, Joan Baker and organiser Brett Sinclair had the difficult task of choosing the best.

It actually proved impossible so it was decided that there would be a joint first prize, for both the Key Stage 3 and Key Stages 4/5 categories.

After the judging took place staff house representatives took the hampers to the Butterfield Centre where they were distributed, with some set aside to be distributed on Christmas Day via Meals on Wheels.

Mr Sinclair, who is assistant headteacher, said: “It was a privilege to deliver these hampers and to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the recipients. It was wonderful to see that the effort our students put in was so very much appreciated”.

A recipient of a hamper remarked: “It was so thoughtful of the children to make such wonderful hampers and to bring them out to us.”

Butterfield Centre manager Debbie Hague said: “We really do appreciate what the school does in making up and bringing the hampers.”