Christmas shoeboxes packed by Black Country pupils

Pupils at a school in the Black Country packed shoeboxes full of treats to send to under-privileged children across the world as part of a charity appeal.

Students at Queen Mary’s High School, in Upper Forster Street, Walsall, filled 281 shoeboxes with toiletries, toys, clothing and stationery in aid of Operation Christmas Child organised by Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse.

Steven Hensley, science teacher, said: “It’s the third year I’ve been involved with it now. It’s something which is done every year at the school.

“We have collected 281 shoeboxes and have smashed our record. We’ve never gone over 200 before.

“All the forms contributed and we are really pleased.

“It was done over the period of about a month. It’s amazing really.”