Charity gives pupils food for thought

Charlie Field, Jordan Dennett and Jordan Baker all Year 10
Charlie Field, Jordan Dennett and Jordan Baker all Year 10
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Pastoral manager Sarah Clementson had to climb over rows of food to get into her office – but it’s now all been given to the Salvation Army.

Sarah, who works at Penwortham’s Priory Academy said: “It even spilled into the corridors!”

Mountains of food were collected by pupils at the Crow Hills Road technology college as part of a non-uniform day treat.

Sarah said:“I am part of the One Voice Choir.

“We did a concert two years ago in aid of the Salvation Army.

“I saw the work they did and so we decided that instead of the children bringing £1 on non-uniform day, they would bring non-perishable food such as tins and cereals.

“This is the third year it’s happened now and it has grown considerably.”

Between them staff and pupils amassed enough food to pack a mini bus, which was delivered to the Preston-based food bank in time to help fill the tables of the needy.

Sarah added: “In our first year, we were amassing food for 60 families who would struggle over Christmas – and we thought that was a lot. Now it’s for more than 600 families which shows how much it has grown and how much it is needed.”

It is estimate that in December alone the food bank sent out more than 400 food parcels and 200 hampers.

Sarah added: “It was superb to see it all in my office even though I had to climb over it!

“It’s good to know we can make a difference.”

Pupils at Christ The King Catholic High School in Preston have also been giving up their time, and their foodstuffs, to help make life easier for the needy.

A shopping trolley is placed in the reception area at the Lawrence Avenue, Frenchwood, school every Friday morning in support of the St Augustine’s Food Bank, which looks after poor families in the city.

The appeal was started with the donation of a shopping trolley by Waitrose at Walton-le- Dale and sweets and toiletries from Booths in Penwortham.

It was also supported by the Lancashire Evening Post.