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    Pupils Spread Christmas Cheer with Reverse Advent Collection

    Gibbards House donation to Godmanchester Foodbank will help local families facing hardship this Christmas.

    Pupils from Gibbards House have been spreading some festive cheer with their Reverse Advent initiative. Rather than taking chocolate out of a calendar each day, they have been collecting goods for Godmanchester Foodbank, to help local families facing hardship this Christmas. Each Middles and Senior tutor group completed a 12-day collection, bringing in different items of food and drink each day - ranging from breakfast cereals, tea and coffee to mince pies and Christmas cake. 

    Godmanchester Foodbank assists people in crisis from all walks of life across Huntingdonshire, from Peterborough to Papworth, Bluntisham to Thrapston. Over 90 agencies and groups can refer families and individuals for help. Prior to Christmas, the foodbank also creates 150-200 Christmas hampers (in addition to the normal food parcels) that are distributed to nominated families. This requires 4-5 tonnes of additional food.

    Housemistress and Food & Nutrition teacher Mrs Lucy King said: “In the run up to the end of term, I wanted all Gibbardians to think of others less fortunate than themselves and do something to hopefully make the festive period a little more enjoyable for those in need.”

    Mr Peter Levitt, administrator of Godmanchester Foodbank, said: "Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration – but for too many people it’s becoming harder and harder to keep their heads above water. Special collections like this from Kimbolton School are essential if we are to provide the food support that local people need. ”