Young children from Cambois Primary School in Northumberlande have enjoyed an exciting festive morning and a surprise visit from Father Christmas, thanks to kind-hearted staff from the North Sea Link.
80 Pupils were treated to hot chocolate, songs, a magic show, a special gift each, advent calendars, selection boxes and a Christmas lunch.
The North Sea link project wanted to deliver the spirit of Christmas to each pupil and were keen to give something back to local community whilst reflecting on another successful year of working in collaboration with Cambois Primary school (the closest school to the UK converter station) and the wider community.
All items were kindly donated by staff, friends, family and contractors of the NSL, our interconnector to Norway which is currently under construction.
Sally Barson of NSL said: “It was fantastic to see how excited the children were when Father Christmas arrived. We’ve always admired the school’s commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to the children they teach, as well as the local community spirit, so we wanted to give something back in return this Christmas.”
In the North East, official figures suggest 35% of children are living in poverty, with teachers reporting pupils are coming to school in ill-fitting clothes, clothes with holes in and, in some cases, pupils do not have a coat in extreme weather.
NSL has worked closely with Cambois Primary School for several years, helping with various projects including redecorating the school’s premises, fundraising and ensuring that all pupils have access to up-to-date technology through donations of laptops.
Headteacher Marianne Allan commented: “We’re really grateful to the North Sea Link team for the ongoing support they’ve shown us throughout the year. The children had a fantastic morning with Father Christmas and we’re certainly feeling very festive.”
To find out more about North Sea Link please visit www.northsealink.com