A GROUP of kind-hearted teenagers gave donations to a food bank instead of buying each other Christmas presents.

The eight friends, students at King’s Leadership Academy in Woolston, ditched their usual festive gift-buying in order to help the Warrington Food Bank.

Danique Mann was one of the teens who took part, alongside pals Mia Wakefield, Emma Warmington, Leonie Carroll, Liv Clarke, Louisa Walker, Ella Leach and Abi Johnson.

The 17-year-old said: “We were in college and one of my friends came up with the idea to donate to a food bank instead of buying each other Christmas presents.

“We asked all of our other friends and they all agreed to do it, so we did.”

Each of the girls spent £10, with some of their parents also donating to the cause and around £160 spent on supplies in total.

Items purchased during the big shop at Asda in Birchwood included some of the goods Warrington Food Bank was most in need of – such as toiletries, long-life food and pet food.

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Danique’s mum Joanna added: “I was so proud of her.

“When she told me, I thought it might have been an idea college came up with, but she said it wasn’t

“It was an idea her and her friends came up with on a break in college, so it is what they decided to do together.

“It really was a good idea – it was so kind, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”