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But readers supporting this year’s appeal will be hard-pressed to emulate or better the phenomenal efforts from students and staff at Spalding High School who together have donated close to 1,000 items of food for people in need.

Spalding High School's Bring-a-Can Day for Agapecare Foodbank, with donations sorted by students 'Ellie Harrison, Tamika Providence, Katie Winfield, Hannah Palmer and Lucy Chesworth.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding High School's Bring-a-Can Day for Agapecare Foodbank, with donations sorted by students 'Ellie Harrison, Tamika Providence, Katie Winfield, Hannah Palmer and Lucy Chesworth. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The outstanding gesture resulted from a Bring-a-Can Day at the school on Friday, inspired by comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, about “the gift of food”.

Tamika Providence from the school’s Sixth Form Charity Committee said: “We wanted to do something for Christmas and we were approached by one of the teachers who suggested that we could donate food items to Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding.

“The committee has some contacts at the foodbank and so we talked to other students and suggested that they donate tinned and dried food to get them involved in our Tin Drive.”

Headmistress Michele Anderson said: “We informed parents and students that we would be supporting this appeal by having a Bring-a-Can Day because I’ve seen the impact such an event can have and it can make a difference to the foodbank.

“Thank you to all the students and staff who donated and this will now become an annual event at the school which will be much appreciated by those in need within our community.”

Foodbank coordinator Irene Davies said: “I couldn’t believe it when the school came and delivered the donation, one after the other, after the other.”