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York College staff entered into the real meaning of Christmas, putting together over 20 hampers to support the Besom Hampers charity in York.

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For many local people Christmas can be a time of stress and worry, particularly when there might not be enough to go round. Christmas Hampers are a practical way to show love and support.

Religious Studies tutor Anna Lewis provided staff with empty boxes in the hope that they would show some community spirit.

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Sammi Nyariri, an A2 student studying Religious Studies, and Ali Garthwaite, a PGCE student, collected the hampers for the Besom team to collect. Anna Lewis said: "The idea of the Christmas hampers were introduced to the College four years ago by former student, Emma Brookes. She saw this as an opportunity for the College to work together as a community and give time to think of others at Christmas. It was a fantastic idea that has gone from strength to strength every year."

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