2nd December 2019 — Students at Bournemouth Collegiate School have been spreading some festive cheer with their Reverse Advent Calendar initiative, thinking of local families who might have found themselves in hardship this Christmas.
In order to assist the local community, staff and students have been donating food and basic toiletries to make up 3 day emergency food parcels for the Bournemouth Foodbank, who provided 7638 of these parcels in the last year alone. Students learnt about the reasons that people use Foodbanks, and heard real life stories from people who had used the Bournemouth Foodbank, as well as from the volunteers who help to staff them.
Year 11 student James explained "I was really surprised to hear why people had to use Foodbanks; I didn't know much about them before and hadn't really thought about them, but Mrs Wintrip really educated us about them. It is really sad to think that because someone might be ill, they won't have enough money to buy food for their family and get better, so I like that we have been able to help them this Christmas."
Louise Wintrip, who headed up the initiative at Bournemouth Collegiate School explained "At a time when our thoughts turn to Christmas and Advent I felt it was only right that we, as a school, consider the 1 in 5 people in the UK who are currently living below the poverty line. The Reverse Advent Calendar was a really easy concept, and meant that our community could help out those who might need a helping hand over the festive period."