Helping hand for orphans

Joe Morrow, aged nine, front, with fellow pupils at West Rainton Primary school who have created parcels of toys and gifts for children in an orphanage in Lithuania which will be taken over by the North East Aid to Orphans charity supported by Durham Prison Officers David Lowes and Stephen Kitson.
Joe Morrow, aged nine, front, with fellow pupils at West Rainton Primary school who have created parcels of toys and gifts for children in an orphanage in Lithuania which will be taken over by the North East Aid to Orphans charity supported by Durham Prison Officers David Lowes and Stephen Kitson.
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BIG-HEARTED youngsters are hoping to put smiles on the faces of orphans.

The Year 6 pupils at West Rainton Primary School have been collecting items to send to children living in an orphange in Lithuania.

Dean Marshall, headteacher at the school, said the primary took part in the project last year and it was very successful so they decided to make it a regular thing.

He said: “The staff at Durham Prison have been supporting the orphanage for about five or six years and every year take a van load to goods over for the children.

“Last year we decided to become involved.”

The school sent letters to parents asking for donations and filled bags for each of the children with toiletries, toys and treats, which the prison staff took across.

Mr Marshall said: “Our current Year 6s were really keen to do it again and we have been collecting a large range of items.”

He said the school was given a list of the 24 children in the orphanage, so the pupils knew what age they were supplying the bags for and whether they were for boys or girls.

Mr Marshall said: “By being told about the individual children, it made the collection of items more personal and we had a really, really good response from parents.”

He said the children have been very enthusiastic about the project, writing letters to the orphans and making sure each of their bags are made up with items someone of their age and sex would like.

As well as the bags of gifts for each of the orphans, West Rainton Primary School is also providing a box of sporting and outdoor equipment for the orphange, containing items such as footballs and rounders sets.

Staff from Durham Prison will be setting off on their trip to Lithuania shortly.

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