Round Tablers Tim Gilbert and Simon Anderson with staff at King’s Lynn Academy and the hamper and pamper goodies. Pictures: Ian Burt

Students and staff at King’s Lynn Academy rose to a 100-Hamper Challenge to help more vulnerable members of the community.

Since 2018, the school has organised a two-course Christmas lunch for pensioners cooked by staff.

The lunch wasn’t able to go ahead this year due to Covid and instead, the school set itself a challenge of packing 100 hampers with festive treats and essentials.

Staff members Lisa Parry, Helen McGivern and Hayley Lockey.

Head of year eight Hayley Lockey said students and staff  donated food items and made up pamper hampers with items including toilet rolls, shampoo, shower gel and crackers.

Students also handmade festive cards and Mrs Lockey said a £500 donation from King’s Lynn and District Round Table 54 meant they were able to add some extras.

Staff spent the Saturday before Christmas delivering the hampers using the school mini bus.

A total of 32 hampers went to residents at Gaywood’s Lavender Court, 25 went to members of the local Phab Club for people with and without disabilities, 20 to the Church of the Nazarene and the rest were handed out of older residents in the area known to the school.

“We didn’t want to let people go without so we decided to make 100 hampers. We had a 100-Hamper Challenge and we did it.

“We are really grateful to King’s Lynn and District Round Table 54 who gave us £500 so we were able to get some extra treats,” said Mrs Lockey.