Kind-hearted pupils at an Enfield primary school have sent hundreds of heart-warming messages to life-limited children at a local hospice.

Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green received a stack of beautifully decorated shoeboxes filled with more than 400 Christmas wishes from the students at Eastfield Primary School, in Eastfield Road, Enfield.

The school council, made up of children in Year 3, decided to support the charity’s Christmas Wishes Appeal after hearing about their work at an assembly.

Teacher Rebecca Gardner, who lead the project, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Haven House Children’s Hospice this Christmas. We had around 430 pupils taking part. The children loved making the boxes and spent a lot of time writing their messages and adding their own personal touches. Some were covered in glitter, while others had some lovely drawings on them.

“It was a lovely experience for them to know and understand a little bit more about what it is like for children that may not be at home for Christmas and to create something special for someone else. It has been incredibly rewarding to watch these students working together, making positive contributions in our community and ultimately putting the needs of others before their own.”

Seven-year-old Amir Kochev said: “It is about giving at Christmas time and this was a good thing for me to do.”
Aleysa su Soylemex, 8, added: “We really put some thought in to what to write because we wanted to make sure it would make them happy.”

Haven House Community Fundraising Executive Nathan Ramsden said the children, families and staff at the hospice were ‘overwhelmed’ with the children’s kindness.

He said: “Eastfield Primary School has demonstrated true Christmas spirit. The shoeboxes and messages have brought a real smile to us all. A lot of thought has gone into the messages and we wish to thank them for their kindness.

“At Haven House, Christmas is a particularly special time of year, helping families make the most incredible memories together whilst being supported by our specialist care teams.”