Schoolchildren donate food to county homeless charity

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Children from a Wellingborough primary school have donated food to a homeless charity.

Pupils who attend Warwick Primary School collected cans, tins and packets of food to donate to Northampton Association for Accommodation of Single Homeless.

Led by the school council, youngsters were determined to make a difference to the lives of others this Christmas so they decided to support the charity.

As a result of their efforts, the children collected many items of food, which they presented to representatives of the charity recently.

The charity helps to tackle rough sleeping and reduce homelessness in the county.

A members of staff from the organisation had previously visited the school to tell pupils about their work.

Deputy headteacher Vicky McGregor said: “It was the school council’s idea and the children were all very keen to take part. They wrote letters to parents to explain what they were doing.”

Danielle Clarke, 11, who is chairman of the school council, said: “We recognise that over Christmas we will all have somewhere safe and warm to be surrounded by people who love us. We wanted to show that we care and consider others at this festive time of year.”

Council member Chelsea Gilbey, 11, added: “It was wonderful to see children and staff supporting our idea and arriving with bags of food to add to the collection.”

Shawn Borrett, 11, said: “I liked it when Sharon and Kirsten from the charity joined us in assembly.

“I thought it was great that they run cookery lessons to give new skills to those who sadly find themselves homeless. I had no idea that people could become homeless for so many reasons.”