Lancaster hospital and Morecambe school team up for shoebox appeal

November 12, 2019

Big-hearted Lancaster hospital staff and Morecambe school pupils have teamed up to help Romanian children living in abject poverty this Christmas.

Jane Cassidy, an assistant practitioner at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), got her team involved with a Christmas shoebox appeal as her daughter Catherine was also supporting the appeal at Morecambe Road School.

The team at the Huggett Suite in the RLI's stroke unit made up around 300 shoeboxes and children from Morecambe Road filled many more.

Now teacher Catherine will travel to Romania in December with the shoeboxes as part of the 'Boxes of Hope' charity.

Catherine said: “As our children have special educational needs, this appeal is a concept that they can get on board with because it’s an act of giving.

"The children enjoy doing it. They understand the concept of giving to make someone happier. It helps them to learn about children who are less fortunate than themselves. It’s a really nice thing for them to support.”

The shoeboxes are filled with items including little toys, pencils, pans, notebooks, toothbrushes and facecloths. These items help to support the children who have little or no access to schooling in Romania.