Hartlepool foodbank stocks swell with harvest generosity

Fens Primary school reception class teacher Katherine Hall with pupils from the school and a selection of items that were donated to the Hartlepool Food Bank. Picture by FRANK REID
Fens Primary school reception class teacher Katherine Hall with pupils from the school and a selection of items that were donated to the Hartlepool Food Bank. Picture by FRANK REID

Kind children from two Hartlepool schools and their generous families helped to feed people less fortunate by providing big boosts to the town’s foodbank stocks.

Fens Primary School and Lynnfield Primary School enjoyed bountiful harvest festival celebrations and donated the proceeds to Hartlepool Foodbank, based in Church Street.

Fens Primary school pupils (left to right) Emily Macklam,  Brooke Paylor, Alex McLauchlan and William Greig with a selection of items that donated to Jonathan Wales from the Hartlepool Food Bank. Picture by Frank Reid

Fens Primary school pupils (left to right) Emily Macklam, Brooke Paylor, Alex McLauchlan and William Greig with a selection of items that donated to Jonathan Wales from the Hartlepool Food Bank. Picture by Frank Reid

They are already being used to make up dozens of emergency food parcels for local people who rely on the charity to feed themselves and their families.

Children at Fens Primary School, in Mowbray Road, learned in an assembly about the work of the Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks all over the country, including Hartlepool’s.

Food quickly began to pour in from the whole school from children aged between three and 10 and their families.

Teacher Katherine Hall said: “We talked about how we can support families, who are less fortunate than ourselves, in our local area.

We were astounded to see just how generous children and parents have been

Katherine Hall, Fens Primary School teacher

“Despite knowing the support we have from our children and parents, we were astounded to see just how generous they have been when we put it altogether, in the school hall, for our assembly.

“We invited Jonathan Wales from the Hartlepool Foodbank to come into school and collect our donations. ‘‘

There were similar scenes over at Lynnfield Primary School, in Grosvenor Street, which celebrated the harvest with a special performance for friends and family.

Leighton-Cox, upper phase leader, said: “Parents and carers, friends and staff have generously donated items for the Hartlepool Food Bank, to help support the local community.

Lynnfield Primary School pupil Maddie Gobie (5) in her Farmer fancy dress with food items donated to the Hartlepool Food Bank  Picture by FRANK REID

Lynnfield Primary School pupil Maddie Gobie (5) in her Farmer fancy dress with food items donated to the Hartlepool Food Bank Picture by FRANK REID

“The children have learned to think about others and the importance of supporting others in our community.

“A huge thank you to all who have donated and helped us to celebrate our Harvest Festival. Margaret Nelson, the Trussell Trust’s North East Regional Development Officer, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to see these schools coming together to support their local communities by donating to the foodbank this Harvest. ‘‘

Lynnfield Primary School pupils Tahiya Begum, Ellie Chen, Froze Jabber, Harvie Lewis, and Luke Gibbons with Upper Phase Leader Trudy Leighton-Cox with food items donated to the Hartlepool Food Bank  Picture by FRANK REID

Lynnfield Primary School pupils Tahiya Begum, Ellie Chen, Froze Jabber, Harvie Lewis, and Luke Gibbons with Upper Phase Leader Trudy Leighton-Cox with food items donated to the Hartlepool Food Bank Picture by FRANK REID