Big-hearted Hartlepool pupils feeding those in need at Christmas

Youngsters at a Hartlepool school have topped their target of collecting items of food for those in need.

Wednesday, 20th December 2017, 1:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th December 2017, 1:55 pm
Teacher Jonathan Turner with some of the food collected in.

The children at High Tunstall College of Science have donated more than 1,000 items to the town’s foodbank.

Pupils at the school wanted to do their bit to support the community.

High Tunstall College of Science pupils bag up items for those in need at Christmas.

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Staff and students at the Elwick Road school set themselves a target to collect 1,000 items.

The project was promoted to the students in assembly and the school also took to social media to get their message out to family and friends.

Teacher, Jonathan Turner, head of Hawking House at High Tunstall, said this is the second year running the college has collected for the foodbank and the items have been donated throughout November and December by students, staff and families.

He said the college promotes the importance of helping out those in need and encourages students to get involved in the foodbank collection.

Youngsters loading the van.

Mr Turner, said: “One of our Year 7 students wanted to help so he used his own pocket money to purchase a number of items to donate and he also asked for donations from neighbours.”

“It is important that our college can continue to raise awareness of the Foodbank initiative for a second year running.”

The teacher went on to say: “The response this year from both staff and students at HTCS has been over-whelming and to exceed our target and collect 1,026 items is a phenomenal effort.

“Everyone at the college hopes that this collection helps to support families within our local community over the festive period and we look forward to continuing our support for the fantastic work that the foodbank completes within the town.

More goods going onto the van.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have been involved and donated items, well done Team Tunstall.”

Some of the large haul of items collected in.
High Tunstall College of Science pupils bag up items for those in need at Christmas.
Youngsters loading the van.
More goods going onto the van.
Some of the large haul of items collected in.