10th February 2020 — Each year the boys of Northcote Lodge vote for their Charity of the Year alongside alongside NAEF, the charity supported by the Northwood Schools' group as a whole. Along with the community of staff and parents, boys raise funds and support these charities throughout the academic year.
in 2019/20, the Northcote Lodge Charity of the Year is The Felix Project, a London based charitable organisation whose purpose is to reduce food waste and hunger.
Isabella White from the Felix Project visited Northcote Lodge recently to deliver an assembly about the work they do to reduce food poverty in London, helped by their invaluable volunteers. She shared some terrifying statistics on the amount of food waste in the UK and London and on the number of hungry and malnourished families there are around us. We were saddened to hear that there are so many young children going to school hungry: 400,000 children in London are at risk of missing the next meal. Two million tonnes of good, edible food surplus is generated every year by the food industry in this country and the Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold. and delivers this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in society. The boys learned that every £1 we raise will go towards providing 2.5 meals.
Leading by example, Headmaster Clive Smith-Langridge, offered his services for the day, working as a delivery driver collecting food from supermarkets and taking it to various schools in North London. Afterwards, Clive went back to the depot to help with sorting food. Clive described the experience as both humbling and enriching - and also quite an insight into how delivery drivers are treated by some people!
Whilst boys are not able to volunteer in quite the same way, the school will be doing all it can to show them the impact they can make and the great work of the charity.