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Councillor cooks up £1,500 plan to get children eating healthy food

Children from Throston Primary School had a chance to learn to cook after local ward councillor Keith Dawkins (pictured on back row in apron) helped to fund some of the cost of running after-school classes from his ward budget.

Children from Throston Primary School had a chance to learn to cook after local ward councillor Keith Dawkins (pictured on back row in apron) helped to fund some of the cost of running after-school classes from his ward budget.

A KIND councillor has backed a healthy eating project by donating £1,500 of his individual ward budget.

Town charity Headland Future runs a Seed to Table project at 12 primary schools across Hartlepool, aimed at getting the youngsters involved with cooking using health foods.

The initial funding to run the project at the town schools came from the Big Lottery Fund and the Local Food programme. Councillor Keith Dawkins went along to one of the sessions at Throston Primary School and was so impressed he decided to plough some of his own ward budget into the project.

The £1,500 donation is purely for the running of the programme at Throston Primary School, which is within the Jesmond ward Coun Dawkins represents.

Coun Dawkins, who represents Putting Hartlepool First, said: “It’s a fantastic project and when I went along I said I would do what I can to help.”

Stuart White, project coordinator from Headland Future, based in Abbey Street, said: “We work with the youngsters to look at the benefits of healthy eating for our wellbeing.

“We look at tackling obesity issues but we also look at breaking down barriers of foods and trying to teach the youngsters different ways of getting healthy foods in their diet.

“The take up within schools has been excellent.”

Stuart added: “We’d like to thank Councillor Dawkins who supported the programme at Throston Primary School.

“He came along to one of the sessions and took part with the families.”

 

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