Spalding students bring tears to needy families’ eyes

Spalding High School students 'Ellie Harrison, Tamika Providence, Katie Winfield, Hannah Palmer and Lucy Chesworth.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding High School students 'Ellie Harrison, Tamika Providence, Katie Winfield, Hannah Palmer and Lucy Chesworth. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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When Agapecare Foodbank coordinator Irene Davies saw 30 boxes of food donated by Spalding Grammar School students and staff, she was “lost for words”.

The donations for last year’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal led Irene to say: “I couldn’t believe it when they came, one after the other, after the other.

“We were all overwhelmed and lost for words to see that amount of food come in.

“It brought tears to our eyes because we’d never had a donation on that scale before and it took our breath away.”

Spalding High School has decided to host its Christmas Bring a Tin Day all over again next Friday, December 11 and both students and staff have welcomed the Spalding Guardian’s support of the event which is also part of our Christmas Foodbank Appeal for the second time this year.

Headmistress Michelle Anderson said: “Our Sixth Form Charities Committee organised the school’s first Christmas Bring a Tin Day last December to raise awareness about homelessness and to support Agapecare Foodbank in Spalding.

Parents, staff and students have really taken Agapecare Foodbank to their hearts and it has had a profound impact on all of us at Spalding High School

Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School

“Parents, staff and students have really taken this important charity to their hearts and it’s had a profound impact on all of us.”

In the first 12 months of 2015, Agapecare Foodbank gave out more than 450 food parcels to help individuals and families for up to three days.

Therefore, the impact of initiatives like Spalding High School’s Bring a Tin Day cannot be overemphasised.

Headmistress Michele Anderson said: “It was humbling to see the stockpile of food boxed up and ready to go to Agapecare Foodbank last year and volunteers for the charity were over the moon with the donation.

“Last year’s sixth-formers have left a tremendous legacy.”

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