Bletchingley pupils collect 1.2 tonnes of food for Surrey foodbanks


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Pupils at The Hawthorns School in Bletchingley collected over 5,800 items of food for the Loveworks foodbanks in Reigate and Merstham

This is the single largest donation of food Loveworks has received in its ten year history and will provide a large percentage of the stock required for the next three months.

Throughout the term, year 5 pupils have been learning about the causes of food poverty in the UK and the increase in demand for emergency food from foodbanks. Pupil charity ambassadors initiated a ‘WE Scare Hunger’ campaign and worked closely with Loveworks to investigate the ways in which they could raise awareness of this challenging issue, whilst also collecting food items to support local people in need. The charity ambassadors planned a Hunger Heroes day where pupils across the whole school were challenged to dress up as their hero and donate as many items of food as possible for the privilege.

Pupils had great fun getting creative with their costumes, with heroes ranging from the traditional superheroes and other literary characters to scientists and monarchs. Pupils encouraged staff to participate in the fundraising and the Headmaster, Adrian Floyd and his dog Marge donated in order to dress as Neil Armstrong and Laika, the first dog in space.

In addition to collecting food for Loveworks, the charity ambassadors saw behind the scenes at the foodbank and even took part in weighing food donations before visiting the new community hub in Merstham where people come to get help and receive their emergency food pack.

Kate Curtis, Loveworks Charity Officer commented: “The size of the donation collected by Hawthorns pupils was incredible; we believe it is the largest single donation we have ever had. 1.2 tonnes of food was collected which equates to a value of over £2,000. Loveworks depends on the community for its supply of food and the incredible donation from The Hawthorns will provide a large percentage of the stock required to meet the need over the next three months.”

Pupils at The Hawthorns are encouraged to become active citizens and understand how they are empowered to change the world. The school participates in the WE Movement that believes that every person, every day, can better the world and aims to spread a kindness revolution through active citizenship and social enterprise. The ‘WE Scare Hunger’ campaign kick starts the school’s second year of involvement with the WE Movement. Last year pupils created and organised seven WE campaigns, making the school the most active institution of its kind in the UK.

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