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Mayespark Primary pupils donate harvest festival goods to Ilford homelessness shelter

PUBLISHED: 16:38 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 19 October 2016

Mayespark Primary's school council members visited the St Mary's Road Welcome Centre, Ilford, on Thursday to donate their harvest collection to those less fortunate.

Mayespark Primary's school council members visited the St Mary's Road Welcome Centre, Ilford, on Thursday to donate their harvest collection to those less fortunate.

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A group of schoolchildren learned an important lesson about homelessness when they generously donated much-needed food to a shelter last week.

Pupils from Mayespark Primary School, Goodmayes Lane, Goodmayes, visited the Welcome Centre in St Marys Road, Ilford, on Thursday.

Members of the school council took some of the food they had collected as part of their harvest festival and donated it to the homeless centre’s kitchens.

The school’s food drive was so successful that the rest of the food was dropped off by car on Monday.

Claire Ige, assistant headteacher, said: “It’s important the children learn about doing good and we thought, ‘the centre is right around the corner, if we’re going to help out anywhere it should be there’.

“We arranged all the food that had been collected, all canned foods, packets of pasta and other long-lasting things, and displayed it in a big row in the hall so that the kids could get a visual representation of the good work they’d done.”

Once they’d dropped off the supplies at the centre, the children were treated to a table tennis lesson from a coach the centre regularly invites in.

Founded to help provide vulnerable adults with a chance to live independent, healthy lives, the Welcome Centre provides a range of services, from practical support with entering the job market, to a nurse-led clinic.

Sonia Lynch, the manager of the centre, was thrilled to once more welcome Mayespark pupils.

She said: “It is absolutely brilliant that the school have been supporting us for a few years now with their harvest festival.

“What’s most nice to see is that they actually come to the centre and take an interest in the work that we’re doing.

“It’s good for both them and us that young people learn a bit more about how to deal with homelessness.”

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