Reverse Advent Success in Cheriton


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Response ‘overwhelming’ to Reverse Advent Calendar at Cheriton School

by David Cradduck

Everyone loves an Advent Calendar. Haven’t you always loved that hidden expectation behind the little doors – chocolate, ginger bread or something else? And the children at Cheriton Primary School are, I’m sure, no exception.

But this year Headteacher Andrew Goldsworthy had an idea for a different type of Advent Calendar – one where you give, not receive, something every day leading up until Christmas.


So since the beginning of December, children in all four classes have been bringing a ‘little something’ into school to put into boxes in each classroom which are then collected by Winchester Food Bank to make up into food parcels for local charitable organisations and less fortunate families and individuals.

The items for the Calendar have been suggested by the school and include essentials like toothpaste, toothbrushes and shampoo as well as seasonal nibbles, snacks, chocolate, biscuits and mince pies.

“The response”, says Mr Goldsworthy, “has been overwhelming and we are grateful to the children and parents who have given so generously already”.

Likewise, Winchester Food Bank have expressed their profound gratitude.

The first collection will be on Friday 13th and the second one a week later, in good time for people to benefit from the gifts.

For more information on Winchester Food Bank and what the organisation does, not only at Christmas but all year round, can be found on their website at

Image: Admin Officer Elaine Wright and Headteacher Andrew Goldsworthy, with children of Cheriton Primary School and the overwhelming results of the first week of their ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ in aid of Winchester Food Bank.