In the lead up to Christmas 2019, the Notre Dame community took part in a reverse advent calendar appeal. The idea came from Ms Anne Chevalier, our French Language Assistant, and the appeal was organised by Head of Languages Mrs Chary González-Latham, who said, ‘I knew we could help many families in Leeds through this appeal, which involved putting one food or hygiene item, or a children’s toy, into a box on every day of advent. Christmas should not just be about receiving but about giving to those in need.’’
Many items were generously donated by staff and students up until the end of term. Each box of practical presents was then passed on to Leeds Women’s Aid (LWA), which is an independent charity providing services to women and children. As their website says, their mission is to, ‘protect women and families from the damage that domestic violence & abuse can inflict on their lives.’ You can read more about what they do here: https://leedswomensaid.co.uk/what-we-do/
A representative of LWA said, ‘Thank you for these very generous donations which made a big difference to the families we support.’
Pictured are some of the staff and students who took part in the appeal, determined to make Christmas a little brighter for those in need in Leeds. We’d like to thank everyone who donated for their generosity, and Chary González-Latham for organising the appeal.