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Bield tenants join forces with students to give disadvantaged children a happy Christmas

Over 250 shoeboxes of gifts were donated to disadvantaged children in Belarus and Romania thanks to the joint efforts of Bield tenants and New College Lanarkshire students.

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Tenants at a Cumbernauld Retirement Housing Development worked hard with the community to ensure disadvantaged children across Europe enjoyed a Merry Christmas with something to unwrap.

More than 50 hats were made while development manager, Elizabeth Fox, designed her very own puppets to be donated to children in Romania and Belarus.

267 Shoeboxes were filled by New College Lanarkshire students with help from knitting knowledge and gifts donated by a group of avid crafters from Bield’s Hillcrest Court.

Elizabeth said: “We’ve now been making these donations for five years and make sure we have a good start by kicking things back off again in January. Not only is it a great cause but it really brings our tenants together as they work to produce some fantastic presents for the coming festive season.”

This year the tenants were delighted, in addition to making clothes and woolly candy canes, to pass on their expertise to a new generation. A group of students at the New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Campus worked with tenants to pick up knitting-needles and make a start on their own contributions.

The college treated the tenants with tea and jam scones as a thank you for all their efforts in helping them to fill such a fantastic number of boxes.

Lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, Beatrice Soutar, added: “This year's group have worked very hard and have been so involved and so enthusiastic in trying to send as many shoeboxes as they can from the College to the children.

“We hope that by doing this we will help bring happiness to children around the world who do not normally receive anything on Christmas Day.”