Portsmouth students’ make donation to foodbank

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KIND-hearted students made the biggest single donation of food cans to a Portsmouth-based charity to help feed people less well off than them.

Boys and girls from Priory School in Southsea collected thousands of tins for the Trussell Trust’s foodbank in Elm Grove after a single day of fundraising.

The gesture was as a result of the 1,250-pupil school deciding to donate food tins and not cash for Children in Need day – and many came in with armfuls of goods.

Lorraine Hart, assistant head, said: ‘The students decided to do something a bit different for Children in Need this year. We thought it would help to highlight poverty in our city and bring citizenship education a bit closer to home.

‘But we could never have imagined that we would get the mountain of food we were able to donate. It was quite incredible and moved some of our staff to tears.

‘Martin Mant of the Trussell Trust said it was the largest single donation they have ever received.’