Students help support local foodbank

The Hotspur Chapter's collection for TheBAY Foodbank with some of the students behind the charity drive.
The Hotspur Chapter's collection for TheBAY Foodbank with some of the students behind the charity drive.

Students have ended the year by helping those who are less fortunate.

Pupils in the Hotspur Chapter at Kings Priory School, in Tynemouth, spent the two weeks leading up to Christmas collecting for The BAY Foodbank.

They decided to support the North Shields-based charity after a pupil vote, and donations included food essentials such as soup, rice and pasta, chocolate selection boxes, fragrance gift sets and even small children’s toys.

Phil Nicholson, head of Hotspur Chapter, said: “It was a delight to be able to hand over the collection today and is fantastic support for our chosen charity.”

One of the Hotspur tutor groups, with Year 5 to 8 pupils involved, helped to collect and sort through the donations led by their tutor Beth Bedard.

They were then joined by some of Hotspur’s older pupils in Year 13 to deliver it to Peter Lowry from The BAY Foodbank.

Hotspur Chapter Captain Jonny Lawson, said: “What is special about this particular charity is that it is operating in our local area and we know that our donations and hard work will be going to help those in need across North Tyneside.”

Phil added: “Hotspur will be continuing to support The BAY Foodbank throughout the academic year and are working with the organisation to provide as much practical help as possible.”

Each of the four school chapters at Kings Priory School supports a local charity, whilst the Middle School as a whole supports a national charity and the Senior School, an international charity.

Each of chosen charities are the result of a vote by the pupils across the school from Year 5 to Year 13.