Students help local people

Students from Heaton Manor School have been working closely with Elim Pentecostal Church and the Trussell Trust Newcastle East Food bank to help local people in need.

Students have been working on projects about homelessness and poverty and really wanted to make a difference in their own community and to help local people that are in crisis and who would go hungry without the support of a food bank.

A group of students decided to contact Elim Penetecostal Church to find out how they could help. After meeting with Alex Morgan, the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at the church they were horrified to find out the extent of the poverty in the UK and in their local area. The children learned that 13 million people in the UK are living below the poverty line and that in 2013-2014 913,138 people needed a three day supply of food from Trussell Trust food banks to be able to eat. They were even more upset to learn that this included 320,205 children.

Phillipa Major, a year 8 student who led the project told us “When we found out how many children were going hungry through no fault of their own we realised we needed to do something to help. We decided we wanted to collect food and clothing that could be given to those that need it urgently. We made flyers and delivered them around the local area to ask people to help us. We also asked people in school and in the local housing offices. We are really pleased with what we’ve collected in just four weeks and hope to do this again in future. We’d like to say thank you to everyone that contributed and helped us.”

Students plan to collect for the food bank twice a year so they can continue to help vulnerable people in the local community.

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