A local foodbank project was the beneficiary of a student-led appeal which saw leading school Sedgefield Community College donate a multitude of foods and toiletry items throughout the week in the lead up to Christmas.
Over 1,500 individual items filled the many boxes, bags and crates which were handed over to the Durham Christian Partnership – the organisation which oversees the foodbank project for Sedgefield and Trimdon – surpassing last year’s total of 1,200 items which the school proudly collected.
Charity Coordinator Paul McGeary commented, “Once again our students have taken a lead on a project that is very pertinent at this time of year. The awareness of local foodbanks is something which we promote at Sedgefield Community College and the way the students have embraced the appeal is testament to them.
“For three years now we have supported the project, and we have built on our efforts from previous years, which demonstrates the impact our awareness is having. We have come a long way in a short period of time in educating our students to the necessity of foodbanks for individuals and families like ourselves, dispelling several myths which sometimes cloud foodbank collections.
“This is a fantastic achievement for our students and comes hot on the back of our recent Children in Need charitable collections which saw us donate almost £500 to their appeal. The giving doesn’t stop there, with students also donating to Cancer Research this Friday as we end school for the Christmas break with a non-uniform day.
“We express our thanks to all students, staff, parents and carers for donating at a time of year when the spirit of giving is paramount.”