Beacon students support Crowborough Food Bank

Normal uniform rules were changed today as students and staff rallied around to support our local Food Bank in the lead up to Christmas.

Students were allowed to ditch their school blazer and instead wear a Christmas jumper for the last day of term.

Payment for the privilege of wearing festive knitwear was a contribution to the Crowborough Food Bank.

Some of the students at Beacon Academy wearing their Christmas jumpers

Some of the students wearing their Christmas jumpers along with Freda and John from the Crowborough Food Bank.

Freda Robinson and John Alexander of the Crowborough Food Bank were delighted with their efforts which will support many families in our community who are struggling to make ends meet this Christmas.

Anna Robinson, Headteacher at Beacon Academy said:

We are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause.  The donations from the students and staff this morning has been astonishing.  Everyone at Beacon Academy hopes that the donations will make a difference, especially at this time of year.

We are really looking forward to working closely with this organisation and other community based projects in the future.

In the first half of this year the Food Bank provided 2,340 meals feeding 153 adults and 107 childen.  The Food Bank based at the United Church on Croft Road provides three days of emergency food and support to people in crisis.

Co-ordinator Freda Robinson encourages families and single people who are finding it hard to put food on the table to come forward:

Many people could find themselves in the position of needing help.  If you are already struggling to cope, all it takes is a sudden extra expense such as your cooker breaking down or big energy bill

The majority come along because of delays in receiving benefit or sanction, and most of those people are trying to deal with mental health issues.

Our aim is to ensure nobody goes without.

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 UK Food Banks.  They partner with community groups and churches across the country.  The Food Bank in Crowborough was started by Crowborough & Rotherfield Churches Together.

To use the Food Bank all you need to do is get a voucher from one of these organisations in Crowborough: the Citizens Advice Bureau, Clued-up.info or the Children’s Centre.   If you know anyone who needs help you can find more details on their website: http://crowborough.foodbank.org.uk or phone 07936 515 798 for a chat.

Not to be outdone the staff show off their sartorial elegance

Not to be outdone the staff show off their sartorial elegance

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