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