A COLLECTION at Spires Academy for the Canterbury Food Bank has resulted in hundreds of soup cans, packets of pasta, tins of beans and boxes of cereal being donated to help vulnerable people. Robert Palmer, Spires’ assistant vice-principal, had to deliver the items in the school mini-bus because the amount that had been collected was so great. It is the fourth year the school has held an appeal for city charities supporting the vulnerable. Previously, it has donated to Porchlight and Catching Lives. Mr Palmer said:
“This is Spires’ first donation to the Canterbury Food Bank and there is a great need for support in the district. I first learnt of the food bank at a talk in St Thomas’s Catholic Church, where we heard how a builder injured in a fall was unable to work and his family ran out of food — until the food bank stepped in and offered him a lifeline.”
Spires’ pupils Megan Marshall, 12 and Chelsea Dackombe, 13, went to the food bank with Mr Palmer to hand over the school’s collection.
“I brought food in for the collection at Spires and I wanted to come down to the food bank and help because anyone could be in the situation where they are short of food. It could happen to me, or any one of my relatives.”
Chrissie Barr, director of the Canterbury Food Bank, added:
“We have been overwhelmed at the support right across the district for the food bank. Spires Academy brought in lots of food and we are very grateful. All the food is being packed up straight away for distribution.”
- To make a donation to Canterbury Food Bank call 07718 108875.
Herne Bay Times, January 2nd 2014