COMMUNITY festive spirit was on full display as food, warm clothes and toiletries were donated to three local causes.

The appeal launched at Horizon Community College succeeded all expectations as donations flooded in.

Pupils and parents made more than 120 hampers of food and toiletries for Age UK Barnsley, with more vital donations going to Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) and the Barnsley Rucksack Appeal.

The Dodworth Road school became the centre of a huge community effort, with the Abbey Hub - based at the school site - Darton West Ward Alliance, Dodworth Help a Neighbour scheme and New Dawn Resources all playing their part in the appeal.

School careers adviser and enterprise coordinator Tom West said one pupil had made face masks and toiletry bags for women living in IDAS’ refuge.

Another child’s parent - who works at Cawthorne Road Day Nursery - had asked nursery parents to donate food, rather than their usual donation of money to local charities.

““We have been blown away this year with the generosity of our local community,” said Tom.

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“It is a such a tough time for everyone but the donations have been incredible.

“We have managed to support more families than ever this year and we cannot thank everyone who has donated enough.”