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More than 200 Christmas gifts for families that are in need have been donated to the Haverhill Salvation Army by one of the town’s schools.

The toys - pre-loved and new - were collected on Tuesday from Coupals Primary Academy by Russell Day, from the town’s Salvation Army.

The idea to donate the toys to the charity stemmed from an initial discussion between children at the school’s wrap around club and Lorna Murphy, who manages it, on how they could help people
in need at this time of
year.

Staff and pupils from the Coupals Primary Academy in Haverhill with some of the gift bags they have put together for the Salvation Army. Picture: Richard Marsham
Staff and pupils from the Coupals Primary Academy in Haverhill with some of the gift bags they have put together for the Salvation Army. Picture: Richard Marsham

Lorna contacted Russell and they agreed that donating baby and children’s toys to families in crisis or struggling would be the best option.

The collection was then opened up to the whole school while Poundland has also donated gift bags (on which the pupils wrote the names of the recipients).

“The children are very proud of how well it has come together,” said Lorna.

Staff and pupils from the Coupals Primary Academy in Haverhill with some of the gift bags they have put together for the Salvation Army. Picture: Richard Marsham
Staff and pupils from the Coupals Primary Academy in Haverhill with some of the gift bags they have put together for the Salvation Army. Picture: Richard Marsham