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Spalding High School sets new Bring-a-Tin Day record for Christmas Foodbank Appeal




Spalding High School students and staff have once again shown their compassion for families in need at Christmas with an enthusiastic outpouring of generosity.

The school organised its sixth annual Bring-a-Tin Day on Friday when students were allowed to leave their uniforms at homes, in return for donating tinned, packaged or boxed food items to Agapecare Foodbank Spalding.

More than 1,700 items were donated during the day, taking the total of donations made by the school since the first Bring-a-Tin Day in 2014 past the 8,300-mark.

Spalding High School students and headmistress with Bring-a-Tin Day donations.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-131219-001TW.
Spalding High School students and headmistress with Bring-a-Tin Day donations.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-131219-001TW.

Headmistress Michele Anderson said: "We work hard every year to engage with the wider community, for the benefit of our neighbourhood and town.

"One of the ways we do this is with our 'Bring-A-Tin Day', first introduced to the school when I started here as headmistress five and a half years ago.

"We hold a non-uniform day but instead of donating money for charity, staff and students bring an item of food to support Agapecare Foodbank.

Sixth form students Arpa Jaidan, Grace Wood, Lucy Twelves, Yasmin Hinton and Hannah Lane, with headmistress Michele Anderson and some of the 1,721 items donated on Bring-a-Tin Day at Spalding High School.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-131219-003TW.
Sixth form students Arpa Jaidan, Grace Wood, Lucy Twelves, Yasmin Hinton and Hannah Lane, with headmistress Michele Anderson and some of the 1,721 items donated on Bring-a-Tin Day at Spalding High School.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-131219-003TW.

"Without fail, the number of food items donated increases year on year, another indication of how important this appeal has become to our school community.

"This year was no exception and a new record of 1,721 food items were donated, compared to 1,700 in 2018, and it means that over the last six years, Spalding High School has donated a total of 8.364 items to the Christmas Foodbank Appeal."

Mrs Anderson stressed how sixth form students promoted the event themselves in support of the Spalding Guardian's Christmas Foodbank Appeal.

"The sixth-formers do a remarkable job every year so that students and staff experiencing the appeal for the first time understand why it is so significant, not just to our school but to this important local charity and the people of Spalding and the surrounding area," Mrs Anderson said.

"Our Sixth form students organise boxes, posters, letters and lists of suitable items for donation, then collect, sort, and count them before packing, loading up and delivering the donations to The Lighthouse Church in Spalding where Agapecare Foodbank is based.

"The students do all of this happily and willingly.

"Anyone who has ever seen the stack of food in the school's reception on Bring-A-Tin Day has commented on how touching and humbling a sight it is," Mrs Anderson said.

"Bring-A-Tin Day is now an established part of our school calendar and will remain so for many years to come. "

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