WE CAN DO IT: Pupils boost food appeal

Foodbank committee member the Reverend Andrew Craig is presented with food hampers by St Cuthbert's Primary School pupils (left to right) Darcie Hansford, Obeline Thorez, Brodie Purcifer, Louis Ward and Caoimhe Fetalino and deputy head Julie Humphrey

Foodbank committee member the Reverend Andrew Craig is presented with food hampers by St Cuthbert's Primary School pupils (left to right) Darcie Hansford, Obeline Thorez, Brodie Purcifer, Louis Ward and Caoimhe Fetalino and deputy head Julie Humphrey

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GENEROUS primary school pupils have boosted a foodbank with dozens of items to be donated to people in need.

Staff at Hartlepool Foodbank were absolutely delighted to receive more than 40 baskets packed with goods from the kind-hearted youngsters at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, in the town.

The school appealed for children to bring in non-perishable foods after reading about the Mail’s We Can Do It Campaign.

And the youngsters responded in style, handing over cans, cereals and packets of food which has now all been taken to the foodbank’s base, in Church Street, in Hartlepool.

Joanne Wilson, headteacher at the school, in Stratford Road, in the town, praised the children and their parents for their “fantastic efforts”.

Delighted Mrs Wilson told the Mail: “In times of austerity and when a lot of families in the town are struggling, it’s nice that the children have been able to offer their help.

“The children are aware of where the donations will be going and how much of an impact they will have on a lot of people this winter.

“The response of our parents was fantastic and it’s a big thanks to all those who donated.”

Al Wales, Hartlepool Foodbank co-ordinator continues to be taken aback by the response of the community to the Mail’s appeal.

The children’s donation brings the foodbank closer to the three tonnes of food needed before it can be handed out to people in need.

Al said: “We are delighted with the donation and it’s exciting that so many people of all ages are getting involved.

“It’s a huge amount to donate and it continues the great response from individuals, groups and companies in the community.”

The foodbank appeal was launched after it was revealed that more than 28 per cent of Hartlepool children are living in poverty.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and town MP Iain Wright have given their backing to the project, which is being led by Hartlepool Churches Together and the Trussell Trust charity.

Organisers are still appealing for donations to the foodbank and the base, at 28 Church Street, Hartlepool, is open to receive donations between 11am and 1pm every Tuesday.

For more information about the project call Al Wales on 07857845937.