School’s festive fillip for two food banks

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Students at a Mansfield school responded to a call from two sixth formers with an overwhelming act of generosity to give a festive boost to local food banks.

Students Beth Mortiboy and Pierce Holland decided to collect food items for two local food banks in the lead up to Christmas and contacted Samworth Church Academy asking pupils and staff to donate an item in return for not wearing school uniform for the day.

Beth and Pierce had estimated that the academy would collect 500 items for each food bank, the Beacon Project and the Sherwood Forest Food Bank. However, more than 2,000 items were donated by staff, students and families of the academy.

Kate Colclough, warehouse co-ordinator for the Sherwood Forest Food Bank said: “The students collected just over 500kg (or half a ton) which translates into 1,190 meals for families in crisis.

“Their care, kindness and compassion for those who are less fortunate than themselves is astonishing, and they should all be so proud of their efforts.”

Student Beth added: “I was genuinely overwhelmed by the response we had, as we aimed to collect 1,000 items in total so to double that was phenomenal.

“It was amazing to see how the whole academy worked together to help the hungry this Christmas time.”

James Fenby, leader of humanities at the academy said that the response to the call for help took everyone by surprise.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our students, parents and staff. This will go some way to making sure local people are not hungry this Christmas,” he said.