Santa’s early book delivery to Knottingley schoolchildren

Santa visited St Botolph's Academy, in Knottingley, to hand out presents to children. p324a449
Santa visited St Botolph's Academy, in Knottingley, to hand out presents to children. p324a449

Every child at Knottingley’s St Botolph’s Academy was given a book by Santa, thanks to fundraising by a parents’ group.

The Friends of St Botolph’s raised £522 to buy more than 300 books, which were given to pupils at a Christmas fair last week.

Every child, from nursery to year six, had a book hand-picked for them by teachers at the school, with the books catering to their individual reading level and interests.

Group member Amanda Steeples said: “It has been a crazy couple of weeks, we have been at the school every day wrapping presents and organising the fair.

“All the hard work was worthwhile to see the children’s faces when they met Santa and received their present.

“We have been amazed at the amount of support we have had from everyone.”

The fair featured various cake and craft stalls, games for children, tombolas and raffles.

The group raised £1,300 at the fair, which will be used to help make improvements to the school’s outdoor facilities.

Mrs Steeples added: “We want to add to the school’s funding wherever we can because these children deserve the best.

“For us, it’s all about trying to improve the school.”

The parents’ group has held a number of fundraising events to raise cash for the book project, including a school disco with food and drinks donated by local supermarkets Asda and Morrisons and a cake sale, raffle and face painting day at Yorkshire Bank, Hill Top, Knottingley