Day Centre receives abundance of donations from Highfield and Brookham Schools

Highfield and Brookham Schools donate harvest produce to The Liphook Day Centre for the elderly. Children lovingly grow fruit and vegetables to donate to those more vulnerable.

Phillip Evitt, Headmaster at Highfield School and his wife Jo
Phillip Evitt, Headmaster at Highfield School and his wife Jo

21st October 2020 — For many years, Highfield and Brookham Schools have supported The Liphook Day Centre for the elderly through their annual Sunday Harvest Festival Service. The produce, generously donated by parents at Harvest Festival, has always been donated to the centre along with the proceeds of the collection taken at the service which usually runs to several hundred pounds.

Sadly, given the current circumstances, Highfield and Brookham were unable to hold this year’s Harvest Festival Service, which would normally have been held last Sunday. However, Covid-19 could not stop them from organising their usual collection of produce. The Liphook Day Centre is entirely self-funded, so contribution of produce is always most gratefully received and used for many weeks to help provide hot meals for the elderly who use the Centre. It is a sad fact that for many who use the Centre, the hot meals they enjoy there are their only hot meals of the week.

Phillip Evitt, Headmaster at Highfield School said: “The Centre relies entirely on donations in order to help support, provide companionship and feed so many in this area who would otherwise miss out on hot meals and company. It is distressing that in an area as outwardly affluent as ours this should be necessary. It provides a pertinent reminder of our duty as schools to encourage our children to ‘look out’ and to consider how they might best help others less fortunate.”

The Headmaster and his wife Jo safely delivered the produce to The Liphook Day centre after it had been carefully stored in the school chapel for 72 hours. This year’s produce included the traditional tinned and dried food as well as copious amounts of homegrown fruit and vegetables.

The team at Liphook Day Centre said: “We received all the harvest goods and we are extremely grateful for your kindness and generosity. We have made batches of fresh soup, stocked up our treat cupboard, planned a fantastic menu with the goods and put some treats away for our clients’ Christmas hampers – thank you!”

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Vegetables homegrown by Highfield and Brookham children
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Apples and tomatoes homegrown by Highfield and Brookham children

About Highfield and Brookham Schools

Highfield and Brookham offers an exceptional all-round education for children aged 2-13. Set within 175 acres of stunning grounds, the school is located an hour from London, in the South Downs National Park, on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Our small class sizes and individual approach delivers outstanding academic success and we feed the top Senior Schools in the country. Our enviable facilities in Drama, Music, Art and DT enable enormous breadth in curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Alongside our extensive playing fields, we have an indoor swimming pool and a brand-new all-weather Astro. Pupils at Highfield and Brookham are happy and fulfilled, with time and freedom to play and to explore our fields and woodlands. Whatever future academic path you choose for your child, Highfield and Brookham provides a wonderful education for your child. We will ensure that they leave us as happy and well-rounded individuals, full of enthusiasm and readiness to tackle the next stage of their learning journeys.

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