There has been an extremely generous response to the recent Foodbank appeal with students and staff donating hundreds of items to help local people. Mrs Blackshaw circulated a list of suggested items and individuals and tutor groups have bring bringing in food over the past two weeks. The total donated weighed in at a sturdy 297.4kg!
Students Ashley Loy, Isabella Moxey and Jack Lewin, who have been enthusiastic supporters, were invited to help deliver the items, meet the volunteers and have a tour of the Foodbank in Princewood Road.
Jack from Year 9 said: ‘We need to help because some people don’t have what we have so we need to donate, especially around Christmas.’
The Trussell Trust, which runs 420 foodbanks across the UK, said on its website: ‘In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children. Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.’
Mrs Blackshaw said: ‘It is nice to support a local charity and help people that have ended up in a really difficult situation.The response has been phenomenal. Just this morning Year 12 students donated another ten boxes of food. It has been amazing, really positive. It will all go to make a difference to the lives of people struggling over the winter months.
‘The students have donated expensive things like coffee and and lots of treats as well so that has been really nice, especially for people who have got children. The students have brought in things that they would want to see in their cupboards. I hope we will do it again another year if people want to support it. It has been brilliant.’