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Primary school children have been making shoe boxes of gifts for the elderly community in Watford.

The pupils at Parkgate Junior School in North Watford, have put together around 100 boxes of goodies which will distributed by Age UK for Christmas.

Head teacher Sarah Pipe said: "This Christmas, lots of children will still not see their grandparents and some of the local older people will not get any treats.

"We thought it would be a lovely idea to give some of our local men and women a little surprise."

Aarav and Eshaal, both aged ten, said: "We feel proud because I like helping people, especially in the middle of the pandemic when no one is seeing anyone.

"We are grateful that Parkgate Juniors helps older people to be happy and not to feel left out."

Age UK’s Kerry James added: "We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity from the children and parents at Parkgate Junior school.

"As you can imagine this year has been particularly challenging, these kind and thoughtful gifts will make a huge difference to our clients, and they are sure to bring a smile to faces on Christmas Day.

"A huge thank you to all that took part, we are so grateful."

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