Colne school's 'reverse advent' challenge makes a difference

The Colne Park High students with their donation hampers.
The Colne Park High students with their donation hampers.
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In an effort to make a telling difference for the less fortunate this winter, students at Colne Park High School took on a slightly different and more charitable approach to advent calendars this Christmas just gone.

During the advent period, school staff and students were involved in a 'Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge' which saw participants not only enjoy the chocolate from their own advent calendar but also donate various items to a collection for the Colne Open Door Centre.

With the generous donations, the school made up some 50 hampers to help those in need at what can be a very trying time of year, with Sainsbury's in Colne also donating vouchers to top up any stock shortfall.

On December 21st, the hampers - containing tins, tea, coffee, pasta, cereals, and something choclatey - were donated to the Open Door Charity, while the school also boosted up their food bank and offered a "grateful thanks" to Sainsbury's, staff, and students for their efforts.

For more information on the Colne Open Door Centre, head to