Nursery helps feed families in need

KIND GESTURE: staff and children from Scallywags Nursery with bags of food that were donated to Hartlepool Foodbank.
KIND GESTURE: staff and children from Scallywags Nursery with bags of food that were donated to Hartlepool Foodbank.

A NURSERY has helped to boost the larder of a foodbank to help out families in need.

Staff and the parents of youngsters at Scallywags Nursery, in Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, decided that they wanted to help town good cause The Hartlepool Foodbank.

And after a collection of rice, pasta, noodles, curry jars, cereals, selection boxes and other non-perishable grub, there were eventually between eight and 10 big carrier bags of food to donate to people who qualify for food parcels.

And last week some of the staff and children went down to the Foodbank, in Church Street, to drop off the goods which will be handed to those most in need.

Sarah Thomas, manager at the nursery, said: “We do quite a lot of charity events and were originally going to do a shoe-box appeal but we missed the deadline.

“We still wanted to do something so we had read about the Foodbank and decided that we would hold a collection for that.

“We phoned up the people at the Foodbank and they were delighted that we wanted to help them out.

“So parents and staff donated food to the collection and we managed to get between eight to 10 big bags to take down.

“We explained to the children what the food was for and who it would be going to, and they were really interested in what we were trying to do.”

She added: “On the day we took the food down there were two members of staff and four children, and the people at the foodbank showed us around and how they collect all the stuff in and get it ready to hand out.

“It was great for the children to see.”

She added: “Even though we’ve taken the collection down to the Foodbank we are going to carry it on because it is such an important cause.

“It was great to do because we really felt like we were making a difference, like we were doing a good deed to help out other people are not as fortunate.”