School’s do­na­tion to help fam­i­lies

Stockport Express - - Your Views - CHRISTINA BLANEY news­desk@men­ @MENnews­desk

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.”

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