Students get stuck in to help elderly people

Rushden Community College students teamed up with Phoenix Resource Centre to help with the Wrapped Up campaign
Rushden Community College students teamed up with Phoenix Resource Centre to help with the Wrapped Up campaign
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Sixth form students gave up their time to put together food and home care packs to help the vulnerable and elderly.

A group of 30 pupils from Rushden Community College teamed up with Phoenix Resource Centre and spent two days at its Wellingborough warehouse to help those in need this winter.

They made up emergency food parcels which have been distributed via Family Support Link in Wellingborough, a charity working with families living with someone addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Thousands of toiletries and household products were then sorted into home care packs for the Wrapped Up campaign, a Northamptonshire County Council initiative to protect those most at risk from the cold.

The packs are being distributed through agencies including Age UK Northamptonshire. Other groups supporting Wrapped Up include Nene Valley Community Action and Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Year 13 student Lauren Hodgkins said: “I was so overwhelmed by being here and helping. This is far better than just giving my pound to charity as I feel I can really make a difference.”

The Phoenix Resource Centre was set up by father and son John and Andy Richardson to divert usable goods from going to landfill.

Andy said: “I want to express my thanks to the students and staff from Rushden Community College for their hard work and for accomplishing far more than I could ever have hoped for.”

Support is available until March via the Wrapped Up helpline on 0845 6772220 or at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/wrappedup.