25 November 2019

Priory’s Head of English, Mrs Gidden, has been really impressed with many of our multi-talented pupils and wanted to highlight their love of reading while excelling at other pursuits.

This week we interviewed Year 7 pupil, Abigail.

Generous Abigail is one of Mrs Gidden’s Cool Readers and is also trying to make a difference around the world.

Year 7 pupil Abigail is a firm supporter of charities, along with her family, and has taken items as far away as Cuba to help people who haven’t as much.

“My mum and dad like Cuba and they had been before I was born,” said Abigail. 

“They promised to take me there and we knew that they need everyday items over there, like toiletries, hotel shampoos. My grandma makes dresses out of pillow cases for charities to send to Africa so we took some of them over too.

“We were allowed to take 23 kilos and our suitcases were 23 and a bit!

“There had been a tornado there so we took all our goods to a church in Havana and they really appreciated it.

“We also took 30 used tennis balls for dogs as well as hair bobbles and things like that.

“I have always done things for charity. At primary school, Farington Moss St Paul’s, we raised funds to support a little girl in Tanzania. We did a lot of fundraising, such as having a pop-up shop to help her go to school."

Alongside her charity work, Abigail is a keen reader, currently enjoying The Finisher series by David Baldacci.

“It’s a series and the first one is about a girl escaping her home where she has grown up as it’s all built on lies.”

“I also like Michael Morpurgo who wrote War Horse. I enjoy reading non-fiction.”