Academy hands out food to older people

Shoreham Academy students handing out food donations PICTURE: DEREK MARTIN D14501653a

Shoreham Academy students handing out food donations PICTURE: DEREK MARTIN D14501653a

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SHOREHAM Academy students gave older people in the town a Christmas treat.

They took 70 gift bags of food to the Age UK West Sussex lunch club at Milward Court, Wilmot Road, last Tuesday.

Archie Baitup from year eight and year-seven students Leah Carroll and Thomas Hunt handed the food bags out to the 40 members.

The academy first linked with the lunch club last Christmas, when it gave 24 boxes of food for members and vulnerable older people in the surrounding area.

It was decided to give members the food this year, as the academy particularly wanted to help the local community and older people and anyone alone were its priority this year.

A dedicated assembly was held to discuss the importance of community and being a good citizen. As well as donating and collecting the food, students prepared the gift bags, which included a hand-written card.

A further 30 bags of food were donated other Age UK clubs, including the Senior Monday Club at Marsh House, Southwick, and The Welcome Club at the Shoreham Centre.

Peter Hornsby, Adur community clubs manager for Age UK, said: “We’re thrilled the academy chose to support us again this year.

“We’d love to work more with the school as our members sometimes feel they’ve lost touch with teenagers but after our meetings, our members have chatted to the students in the street and there are real friendships forming.”