Media Release: Calling all schools… get baking and raise money for homeless families this Christmas

SHELTER Scotland is calling on teachers, pupils and parents to get involved in the Great Gingerbread House Sale – to raise money for homeless children this Christmas.

The baking challenge, which will see schools bake and build gingerbread festive treats, has been launched to help the charity’s Christmas appeal.

In Scotland, around 4,800 children will wake up homeless this Christmas – enough to fill 28 primary schools.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “In 2013 there shouldn’t be any homeless children in this country, let alone over 4,800 in Scotland.

“We’re calling on schools and community groups to get involved in the Great Gingerbread House Sale, and help us prevent more children from waking up on Christmas morning in a place they can’t call home.

“At a time when so many families are living on a knife edge, a sudden job loss or serious illness can be all it takes to tip people into a spiral that can lead to homelessness.  Support and advice from Shelter Scotland can help these families stay in their homes and get back on their feet.

“Every penny made from every gingerbread house sold will take Shelter Scotland one step closer to making sure everyone has a decent, affordable home.”

Shelter Scotland is calling on schools to help end this outrage, by designing, baking, building and, most importantly, selling an array of gingerbread creations.

From cosy gingerbread chalets to towering gingerbread town houses, the money raised from each sale will ensure that Shelter Scotland can continue its vital work keeping a roof over the heads of families, especially during the festive season.

Shelter Scotland has made things easy with Downloadable lesson plans tailored for the Scottish curriculum. The plans include tempting recipes, fundraising tips, certificates and posters, to ensure each school’s Great Gingerbread House Sale is a great success.

An ideal activity for school Christmas Fairs, an all-school challenge or simply fun Christmas-themed lessons, the Great Gingerbread House Sale is open to all ages and abilities, with a dedicated website where pupils and teachers can upload photos of their designs and finished houses. They can then vote for their favourites, with prizes available for the houses with the most votes.

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