Pringle Bells Challenge at Bolton School fills festive hampers

Bolton School rose to the 'Pringle Bells' challenge and provided tubes of Pringles and a monetary donation to local charity Urban Outreach, once again helping to fill their Christmas Hampers for struggling families in the local area.

Senior Girls and Junior Girls handing over the cheque and Pringles to Urban Outreach on behalf of Bolton School
Senior Girls and Junior Girls handing over the cheque and Pringles to Urban Outreach on behalf of Bolton School

23rd December 2020 — Each year, enthusiastic pupils at Bolton School take part in the annual Urban Outreach Christmas Hamper Challenge to help others at this festive time of year. The Junior Boys’, Junior Girls’ and Senior Girls’ Schools all joined in with 2020’s ‘Pringle Bells’ donation drive.

Under normal circumstances, Bolton School would aim to provide a minimum of 2,400 individual items to go in Urban Outreach’s Christmas Hampers. These hampers, which are given to individuals and families who are struggling, are filled with everything needed to put on a traditional Christmas spread. In previous years, the school has provided selection boxes (twice), stuffing and sauce, mince pies and brandy sauce, fizzy drinks and crisps, after-dinner mints and crackers, and tins of biscuits and Christmas puddings.

This year, the school was tasked with donating tubes of Pringles. However, remaining Covid-secure had to be a priority and therefore the aim was just 700 individual tubes, to reduce the amount of stock handled in school, plus a cash donation to match the normal contribution.

Fundraising took place in school on Christmas Jumper Day, which saw Bolton School Girls' Division pupils in Years 7 to 13 wearing festive knitwear and accessories to raise £818.14. Another collection at this year’s ‘drive-in’ Ceremony of Carols, the Girls' Division Christmas concert, raised a further £840 for the cause.

Pupils also outdid themselves with their donations of Pringles and more than doubled this year’s goal. The Junior Boys’ School collected 271 tubes while the Senior Girls and their parents gave 608 tubes. In the Junior Girls’ School, Izzy in Year 3 suggested that her dad, who works for Walkers Crisps, could offer an alternative to Pringles: he arranged an amazing donation of 264 tubes of Doritos Stax, bringing the Junior Girls’ total up to 624 tubes!

On Tuesday, Bolton School was delighted to hand over 1,503 tubes of Pringles and a cheque for £1,658.14 to a representative from Urban Outreach.

The money raised will go directly towards purchasing more items for the Christmas Hampers, ready for distribution at the end of the week.

About Bolton School Girls' Division

At Bolton School we help every girl discover her unique talents and strengths. Our staff are committed to developing in each girl the love of learning, creative independence and academic self discipline which will enable her to achieve excellent examination results. Our aim is to inspire in our girls the attributes, skills and values which will enable them to make informed choices, become responsible and principled citizens, enjoy successful careers and achieve personal fulfilment.

We understand that the best learning takes place when girls feel cherished, understood and secure. In our friendly and respectful, single sex environment, girls of all ages and backgrounds are free to relax and enjoy each other's company without feeling self conscious. They forge strong friendships to support and sustain them throughout their lives. They also have the opportunity to get to know members of the Boys’ Division through participation in extra-curricular activities alongside them.

Girls at Bolton School recognise how lucky they are to enjoy all the advantages of a supportive and inspirational educational environment with its superb facilities and exceptional range of extra-curricular activities; they value the importance of ‘giving back’ through participation in community action programmes, locally, nationally and abroad.

The best way to appreciate our school, is to visit us. The girls are terrific ambassadors and would love to show you their magical, uplifting surroundings as well as talk to you about the exceptional range of opportunities offered to them.

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