Throughout the month of October pupils at Chalkwell Hall Infant’s School have been collecting food as part of their Harvest Festival; this year they decided to donate the collection to Havens Hospices as part of their commitment to help their local community.
Eight pupils and two teachers walked round from Chalkwell Hall to Fair Havens Hospice on Chalkwell Avenue to present kitchen staff with three trolley loads of Harvest themed food. The pupils met some of the patients attending the hospice’s day care centre and also got a chance to help Havens Hospices’ Community Fundraisers when they were asked how they would fundraise for the charity.
Danielle Maynard, class teacher said
"At Chalkwell Hall Infant’s School we aim to teach children about becoming a valued member of the community. Taking part in charity events is therefore high priority to us, it is even better that the children can contribute to a local charity too. The children are learning that they are incredibly fortunate, with both their health and quality of living. The 8 children who attended were able to pass this message back to their peers in class. We would like to thank Havens Hospices for welcoming us last week and we’re looking forward to welcoming a representative from Havens Hospice to our school in the near future.”
Sally Bridger, Community Fundraiser for Havens Hospices commented
“It was a lovely surprise for all of us, especially our kitchen staff who have been putting the donated ingredients and foodstuffs to good use. We must raise over £100,000 each week to be there for everyone who needs us - this includes the running of the kitchen; so by donating food as part of their Harvest Festival the pupils of Chalkwell Hall Infant’s School are helping us provide tasty home cooked meals. I’d like to thank all the pupils, their families and the staff at Chalkwell Hall Infant’s School for their generosity, they are truly helping us fulfil our promise of ‘Making every day count.’”