Home economics in season of giving at Spalding High School

Spalding High School hosts its second Bring-a-Tin Day for Agapecare Foodbank  with Gemma Clark, head girl Raghavi Anand-Babu, Jenny Smith, Holly Hetherington, Hannah Darley, Fiona Barrs, David Shire and Fraser McNab sorting the donations.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding High School hosts its second Bring-a-Tin Day for Agapecare Foodbank with Gemma Clark, head girl Raghavi Anand-Babu, Jenny Smith, Holly Hetherington, Hannah Darley, Fiona Barrs, David Shire and Fraser McNab sorting the donations. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Sixth-formers who “left a tremendous legacy” for their successors at Spalding High School will find out today that their Christmas Foodbank Appeal record has been smashed.

The school’s Sixth Form Charities Committee delivered about 1,300 items of tinned food and seasonal treats to Spalding’s Agapecare Foodbank for people hit by redundancy, homelessness, debt and welfare benefit delays.

It’s been really good fun to organise this year’s Bring-a-Tin Day and everyone was really keen on getting into the Christmas spirit by giving as much as they could to Agapecare Foodbank

Fraser McNab (17), Spalding High School Sixth Form Charities Committee

The unprecedented collection from students and staff across the school’s year groups was the result of its second Bring-a-Tin Day, launched by sixth-formers who left in the summer to start degree courses at universities and colleges across the country.

Many of them will be coming back to Spalding High School for its senior prizegiving day this afternoon when they will be told that their total of 938 items from last year’s Bring-a-Tin Day has been well and truly surpassed.

Fraser McNab (17), a member of the school’s current Sixth Form Charities Committee, said: “When we went round all the classes, everyone was really keen on getting into the Christmas spirit and give as much as they could to the charity.

“It’s been really good fun to organise this year’s Bring-a-Tin Day and although I was a bit worried that we wouldn’t beat last year’s total, it helped the some of the students know a bit about the foodbank and some of their parents volunteer for it.”

Head of sixth form Dawn Bushell said: “The students have surpassed what they did last year and it’s their way of helping to brighten up the Christmases of people who will be helped by Agapecare Foodbank.

Bring-a-Tin Day was one of the ideas introduced by headmistress Michele Anderson after joining the school in April 2014.

Mrs Anderson said: “It makes me incredibly proud to be headmistress of a school where students and staff are so willing to participate, engage with and help the community around us.

“It’s very humbling and we’re already considering our options for next year.”

Irene Davies, coordinator of Agapecare Fooodbank, Spalding, said: “Once again, Spalding High School has done a fantastic job in collecting some much-needed provisions for the foodbank.

“I never dreamed that the school would give this much and we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who have so generously contributed to this huge donation which will provide for many people into the new year.”