Students gather record 630kg of food for needy

PUBLISHED: 09:08 30 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:10 07 January 2016

Colyton students with their foodbank donations

Colyton students with their foodbank donations

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Colyton youngsters donate 1,357 items to the Exeter Foodbank

Youngsters at Colyton Grammar School have provided food items to make life a little easier for needy people during the festive period.

Throughout December, 15-year-old Hannah Barton has been managing the school’s traditional annual collection of items for Exeter Foodbank.

With the able help of fellow students from tutor group 10 Oak and teacher Louise Fitzhenry, she set a target of 1,000 items at the appeal launch.

But by the end, the school community went on to donate a total of 1,357 items of non-perishable food – only seven short of its previous record.

However, these items weighed in at over 630kg - over 100kg more than collected in the record year.

Leading foodbank representative Pete Scott told them: “We don’t have anyone else who gives us this amount of food in one go!”

Appeal organiser Hannah said: “It’s been an amazing effort from everyone and it is going to do a whole lot of good in the local area.”

Headteacher Jayne Wainwright said: “The foodbank appeal has become something of a tradition here at Colyton, being something that everyone – from students to teachers to support staff – can join in with enthusiastically.”

In the last year, Exeter Foodbank provided 35,114 kgs of food – all donated to Exeter Foodbank by local people, and over 80 local people volunteered regularly. 
Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling it to give three days’ nutritionally-balanced food and support to people in crisis. Of the 3,981 people given three days’ emergency food, 755 were children.


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