Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes

Bede’s pupils organise food bank drive

Bede’s pupils organise food bank drive

At Bede’s Senior School Trust Sussex, a collection of exceptional Deis House pupils recently conducted an assembly to raise awareness of the Trussell Trust Eastbourne Foodbank.

First Year pupils Owen Pennington, Zak Rawat, Varun Mahatme and Jem Matthews, supported by their House Prefects Ryan Welch, Tom Welch and Sam Avery, organised a team of pupils to collect canned and packaged food ready to be boxed.

Eastbourne Foodbank are a self-sufficient charity who do not receive any local or government funding, relying solely on volunteers and donations from the public and local businesses. Eastbourne Foodbank said ‘’We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK’’. If you would like to find out more about us please visit: https://eastbourne.foodbank.org.uk/

The generosity 770 co-educational day and boarding school pupils from St Bede’s School Trust Sussex from the age of 13-18 years has been overwhelming; as a result of the food collected, an amazing 25 boxes of food have been filled for Eastbourne’s Foodbank. This will certainly help our local community this winter.

Mr. Driver, Deis Housemaster at Bede’s Senior School which has a campus of over 100 acres of Sussex Downs National Park, a site of Special Scientific interest, said “The experience has been extremely insightful into how the charity is run and how our contributions can help. The efforts of the pupils show just how willing they are to make a positive difference.”

Bede’s offers over 40 different subjects at GCSE and over 70 courses in the Sixth Form along with co-curricular activities programs Bede’s provides over 100 choices each week, from Sailing to breeding endangered species at the School’s bespoke Animal Management Unit.

For more information please contact Rachel Robinson-Reid rachel.robinson-reid@bedes.org 01323 356606