Giving homeless dogs a special Christmas

St Wilfrids RC College pupils donate supplies to West Hall Kennels. Front Charlotte Gray
St Wilfrids RC College pupils donate supplies to West Hall Kennels. Front Charlotte Gray

ANIMAL lovers at a South Tyneside school have made sure homeless dogs have an extra special Christmas.

Staff and pupils at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields have collected food and treats to donate to pooches at Cleadon Kennels.

The maths department at the school, in Temple Park Road, decided to organise the collection and, initially, only staff took part but students at the school also got involved.

Chris Ward, maths teacher, said “Our school has a fantastic track record with charity. We’ve been involved with a range of good causes, but the maths department felt that animals had been overlooked.

“We are so happy with the way it has gone. We hope to make it a whole school event next year and start it earlier to involve more students.”

All sorts of gifts were brought in, including food and toys, and staff and Sixth Form students visited the kennels, in Cleadon Lane, to hand them over.

Headteacher, Brendan Tapping, said: “I never cease to be surprised by the generosity of our students, parents and the wider school community of St Wilfrid’s. I am thrilled that on this occasion we have been able to offer some support to Cleadon Kennels.”

Aimee Everest, kennel manager, added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at St Wilfrid’s for the gifts, and also to the other members of the public who have dropped off items.”

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