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Clayhall students learn about religious aid through food donation project

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 December 2016

Students from Caterham High School handing over their donation to the Redbridge Foodbank

Students from Caterham High School handing over their donation to the Redbridge Foodbank

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A generous group of GCSE students have shown their charitable side as they collected and donated a large supply of food for a local Christian organisation.

The Redbridge Foodbank, based in Granville Road, Ilford, gratefully received the donation from the Caterham High School, in Caterham Avenue, students who visited the food bank to deliver the food in person.

Although this year’s donation from the school formed a part of the students’ religious education GCSE curriculum, the school project has been running annually for the last five years.

The school’s head of religious education, Nikki Hartley, said that this year’s donation served as an opportunity for students to learn about the roles that religious groups play within their communities.

“We have been doing it for five years now, it’s an annual donation. This year the students had to learn about as part of their GCSE’s,” said Nikki.

“It is now a part of the new syllabus so they are learning about how religious people impact their society.”

The GCSE students donated a total of seven large shopping bags and four crates full of food, which will be used to create “foodboxes” containing enough food to last a person for three days.

Whilst being an opportunity to learn about the Christian organisation which runs the Redbridge Foodbank, the scheme has also given the students and insight into an issue which most young people are unaware of.

“I think it is really important for the students, at the moment it is not really their responsibility to tackle these issues but when they grow up they will have first hand knowledge of why food banks are important,” said Nikki.

Nikki stressed the importance of educating young people about food banks as many people suddenly find themselves in need of extra support - whether through losing a job or an increase in rent.

“People think it’s something that couldn’t happen to them but we live in a time when a crisis can happen at any minute.”

Luckily the students took to the spirit of the project and Nikki believes they learnt a lot.

“It went really good because it was a first hand opportunity to learn about foodbanks and to see why they are necessary.

“They said it was really helpful to see and it opened there eyes to what is going on around Redbridge.”

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