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Tymberwood Academy in Gravesend launches food drive to help struggling families this Christmas

A new food drive to create Christmas hampers for families living below the breadline is being spearheaded by community-spirited students.

Primary school pupils at Tymberwood Academy in Cerne Road, Gravesend, discussed the plight of others due to the ongoing pandemic in class this week.

Children at Tymberwood Academy have helped set up a food drive for Christmas
Children at Tymberwood Academy have helped set up a food drive for Christmas

And in response they have devised a new initiative to help ensure no families go hungry this winter.

Following on from its successful Harvest Festival, the school has set up the Tymberwood Acting for the Community Today (Tymberwood ACT).

It aims to work in partnership with St Aidan’s Church to create hampers for isolated individuals and those strugglinfinanciallyly.

As part of the drive the school is asking for donations of food and other necessities to be organised by pupils and distributed to those most in need.

This can include everything from cereal, soup, pasta, rice and tinned goods to Christmas treats such as mince pies and essential toiletries such as soap and toothpaste.

Tymberwood Academy, Gravesend. Picture: Tony Jones
Tymberwood Academy, Gravesend. Picture: Tony Jones

To donate these items, pupils can take them to the school office any day of the week and place them just inside the door.

Alternatively a drop-off slot will take place at St Aidan’s Church on Wednesdays from 9am until 10am for the rest of November.

Headteacher Mrs Kelley-Day said: “I am extremely proud that our children have thought of others and are determined to see that no child or adult will go hungry this Christmas.

"It is heartwarming to see the response from our families and we cannot wait to see this grow further with the additional community donation point at Saint Aidan‘s Church.”

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