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    Record Harvest Festival Collection

    Kind-hearted pupils donate goods to foodbanks in Bedford and Irthlingborough.

    Our Prep and Senior Schools have donated goods collected at our annual 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. As part of the ongoing Freedom4Girls Campaign, which seeks to highlight period poverty both in the UK and worldwide, this year’s collection also included donations of sanitary products.

    Special mention must go to Year 6 pupils Anna, Tessa, Emily, Lucy, Oakley, Tom and Toby, who all gave up two weeks' worth of breaktimes to help set up the impressive Prep Harvest Festival display. At the Prep School Mr Peter Crawford, School Chaplain, led a special assembly alongside Bedford Foodbank Project Manager Mrs Sarah Broughton.

    Prep Harvest Festival organiser and Head of Prep Music Mrs Sally Eddon said: “The Prep School donated a total of 479.85kg of goods which equates to 1142 meals. Our previous 'best' was in 2017, when the Prep donated the equivalent to 864 meals, so we really have done something quite incredible this year... the Foodbank were very keen to express their thanks for making such a big difference for people living within Bedford Borough.”

    At both the Bedford and Irthlingborough Foodbanks, volunteers work with referral partners to provide emergency food parcels for families, couples and single people experiencing a temporary financial hardship, in the towns and the surrounding areas.