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Downham Market's Hillcrest Primary School gathers a tonne of donations for food bank


By Lynn News Reporter


Pupils at a Downham primary school have been sharing the festive feeling after donating over a tonne of produce to the town’s food bank.

The 500 students at Hillcrest Primary School have been gathering food and other essential items during the school’s own take on an advent calendar.

The pupils have been tasked with putting donations into the calendar to benefit other children and families in the area.

Hillcrest Primary School pupils at the food bank are, from left, Alex Easter, Isla Sivell, Ryan Minns, Millie Pepper, Freddie Pepper with Alex Coates from Downham Market food bank. Picture: SUBMITTED. (6122620)
Hillcrest Primary School pupils at the food bank are, from left, Alex Easter, Isla Sivell, Ryan Minns, Millie Pepper, Freddie Pepper with Alex Coates from Downham Market food bank. Picture: SUBMITTED. (6122620)

After donating items each day for the past four weeks, Hillcrest parents and pupils created a mountain of items which was collected on the final day of term by the volunteers at the Downham Food Bank, based at the Eternity Church on Sovereign Way.

Headteacher Matthew Try said the staff have been “overwhelmed” by people’s generosity.

He said: “The enthusiasm with which the children have supported this worthwhile cause has warmed all of our hearts.

“Both the food and non-food items donated will be incredibly well received by families in the local area who may be finding things a little tough, particularly over the festive period.

“Some items that will help to make the Christmas meal extra special have also been added to the request list such as the inclusion of Christmas crackers and mince pies.”

Hillcrest Primary School pupils with some of the 1.1 tonnes of produce they have donated to the food bank. Picture: SUBMITTED. (6122622)
Hillcrest Primary School pupils with some of the 1.1 tonnes of produce they have donated to the food bank. Picture: SUBMITTED. (6122622)

On most days, well over 100 items, and on some days over 200 items, with a grand total of 2,642 items of produce which will be used to support families in West Norfolk over the festive period.

Mr Try added: “Hillcrest Primary is a school that has raised several thousands of pounds for various charities over the past few years thanks to the generosity of the families and the enthusiasm of the children.

“However, this charitable fundraiser is particularly significant because the children recognise the importance of how their involvement can directly support those in the community around them.”

The food was collected by Downham Food Bank coordinator Alex Coates who presented some of the Hillcrest pupils who donated produce with a certificate thanking them for their 1.1 tonnes of donations.

For more details on food bank distribution centres in West Norfolk, visit kingslynn.foodbank.org.uk or call 07582 558143.



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