Bumper Harvest Festival Collection
Kind-hearted pupils donate a record amount of goods to foodbanks in Bedford and Irthlingborough.
Kind-hearted pupils from our Prep and Senior Schools have donated a record amount of goods collected at our harvest festival to foodbanks in Bedford and Irthlingborough. Children and their families from Reception to the Sixth Form gave hundreds of tins, boxes and bags of food and toiletries to help support people in crisis, with items ranging from toothpaste and shower gel to packets of cereal and pasta.
At the Prep School the Revd Nicky Bland, School Chaplain, led assembly alongside Bedford Foodbank Project Manager Mrs Sarah Broughton. For Senior School pupils, a similar service was held in St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton, with Irthlingborough Foodbank Publicity Officer Ms Angela Bridge.
Mrs Broughton said: “On behalf of the Bedford Foodbank I would like to thank Prep pupils very much for their support and very generous donation of 292.70 kg of food, which calculates to 696 meals! This is a record for Kimbolton Prep; beating last year's year's total of 573 meals. School Harvest Festival collections like this make a real difference; last year Bedford Foodbank was able to help 6,000 people, many of whom were under 16 years of age. ”
Special mention must go to Year 6 pupils Mark Butler, James Burridge, Reece Gollan, Charlie Hadden and Byron Kerr, who all gave up two weeks' worth of breaktimes to help set up the impressive Prep Harvest Festival display.
At both the Bedford and Irthlingborough Foodbanks, volunteers work with referral partners and aim to provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food to people experiencing crisis, for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.