A tonne of help for non-uniform

By Ian Dipple Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 14:49

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Buy photos » Julie Hughes from Redditch Nightstop, Lorna Carter and Rev Robin Baker from Redditch Food Bank, Coun Rebecca Blake and teacher and organiser Katherine Marston from St Augustine’s Catholic High School and pupils who have collected over a tonne of food for the needy and homeless in Redditch. Picture by Jon Mullis 50.013.011.redd.jm1 (www.buyphotos247.com)

STUDENTS swapped their uniforms for food for the day to help support those most in need across the borough.

Members of the Year 11 citizenship class at St Augustine’s Catholic High School have led and co-ordinated an appeal to persuade fellow pupils, staff and parents to donate a tonne of food to Redditch Food Bank. Each class was challenged with collecting 30kg of food each and last Friday (December 6) students also ditched their uniforms for the day but donated a food item instead of money for the privilege.

When their efforts were finally weighed up last Friday (December 6) almost 1.5 tonnes of food was collected and transported in three minibuses to the food bank, which will be enough to feed over 40 families for a week.

Rev Robin Baker, chairman of Redditch Food Bank, said: “It was a fantastic response from the school. It was exciting to see a group of young people that really care.”

The school is also collecting new toys and toiletries to support families in need over Christmas.

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