School’s donation to help families
THE crisis in Northern inner city hunger is not getting any better according to Urban Outreach chief executive Dave Bagley, who received a bumper harvest donation from Lady Barn House School.
Collecting over 2,000kg of produce from the Cheadle independent preparatory school, Dave said: “We have supported over 68,000 people this year in Bolton, Blackburn, Chorley and now into Manchester.
“The problems are most acute over the school holidays and over the summer we provided 45,000 lunches for children who would normally receive free school meals.
“The issue of social deprivation and child hunger in the North is all linked to jobs and we are seeing some signs of recovery with the new developments in and around Bolton and Manchester.
But I have to report there has been a dramatic on a daily basis.”
He added: “That is why the traditional harvest festival is no longer simply a quaint annual school service, but the chance to make a real difference and we are very delighted that Lady Barn House School and other partners continue to support our efforts.
“It truly is a time of sharing and will help us to prepare for Christmas.”
Lady Barn House School headmaster Mark Turner said: “Lady Barn has been our single biggest harvest benefactor in each of the last 19 years and they make a real difference.
“Lady Barn families have again raided their kitchen cupboards and shown such generosity towards those less fortunate than us.
“We are so pleased to contribute to wonderful work of Urban Outreach.”