Stu­dents gather food moun­tain

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VOL­UN­TEERS col­lected moun­tains of food to give to those go­ing hun­gry this fes­tive sea­son.

The team of 13 six­th­form­ers filled seven crates with food do­nated at Har­ling­ton School, in Pinkwell Lane, Hayes.

They gave the items, which in­cluded tinned foods, pack­ets and other non-per­ish­ables, to Hilling­don Food­bank.

Co-or­gan­iser Rimmy Sidhu, 17, said: “We thought it was re­ally im­por­tant to support the lo­cal com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially over Christ­mas, which is a time when peo­ple re­ally suf­fer.

“I moved up to Hayes last year from Kent and I re­ally wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ence.”

Miss Sidhu, of Waltham Av­enue, Hayes, said she and oth­ers had been in­spired into ac­tion by Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP John McDon­nell, who spoke to their pol­i­tics class about the im­por­tance of food­banks ear­lier this year.

She co-or­gan­ised the col­lec­tion with fel­low stu­dent Joe Steeples, 17, with guid­ance from deputy head of sixth form Lo­tis Bautista and col­lab­o­rat­ing with Free The Chil­dren.

In west London, around 40 peo­ple rely on food­banks ev­ery day, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures from the Trus­sell Trust, a char­ity that runs food­banks across the coun­try.

Hilling­don Food­bank, which is run by the same or­gan­i­sa­tion, has five food­banks in Uxbridge, Hayes, North­wood and West Dray­ton.

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n DO­NA­TIONS: Stu­dents Rimmy Sidhu, Joe Steeples and Ay­darus Ibrahim with MP John McDon­nell

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