Kind pupils on patrol to deliver hampers

A Red Cross Dawn Patrol user receiving a hamper
A Red Cross Dawn Patrol user receiving a hamper

GENEROUS pupils teamed up with the Red Cross to spread a little festive cheer by delivering hampers to elderly residents.

The head boy and girl at English Martyrs Primary School visited vulnerable people in Haydock to give out the items to users of the Dawn Patrol scheme.

A Red Cross Dawn Patrol service user receiving a hamper

A Red Cross Dawn Patrol service user receiving a hamper

The school organised a harvest festival collection for pupils to take part in and the two year six pupils handed out harvest festival hampers and winter warmer packs.

They were accompanied on their mission of kindness by school staff and the Red Cross.

One Haydock service user, who gave her name only as Mary, said: “It was great to see the children and I was really surprised to get a hamper. It will make Christmas much easier this year.”

The Dawn Patrol is a scheme run by the Red Cross and local primary schools which involves pupils checking to see if older people in the community are OK on their way into lessons.

Service users have indicator devices which will show anyone checking if they are unwell or have had a fall, allowing the Red Cross to be notified about any causes for concern so action can be taken.