Fareham pupils raise almost £1,500 for Trussell Trust and collect hundreds of items for Fareham and Gosport food bank

HUNDREDS of tins and packets of food have boosted a Fareham food bank thanks to the generosity of school pupils.

By Belinda Dickins
Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:57 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:01 pm

Pupils and teachers at Boundary Oak, an independent day and boarding school in Fareham, raised nearly £1,500 for the Trussell Trust and donated hundreds of items to Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank.

The drive to support the Trussell Trust at Boundary Oak was the idea of Year 7 tutor Sofia Almeida-Field, who was inspired by the charity’s work supporting people in food poverty.

The Trussell Trust supports people and families in poverty through a network of food banks across the country.

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Boundary Oak Year 7 pupils Winnie Ball and Max Pestell deliver food supplies to a food bank in Fareham

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Mrs Almeida-Field said: ‘I am immensely proud of our students, the parents and the staff for really getting behind our campaign to raise funds for the Trussell Trust and supplies for our local food bank.

‘When I learnt of the Trussell Trust’s brilliant work battling food poverty I wanted to do something to give back to the community. I firmly believe that no child in the UK should go hungry.’

Pupils helped to raise awareness for the national charity at the school by creating artistic posters and discussing the project at a school assembly. A non-school uniform day was also held, with more than £1,300 raised.

Spearheading efforts for the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank were Year 7 pupils Winnie Ball and Max Pestell, who collected food items from across the school which were then delivered using the school’s minibus.

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