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Caring Blue Coat students donated more than 3,000 items for the North Liverpool Foodbank and its staff had to make several collections from the School.

This is the first time that the School has held a food bank donation campaign and it began when Miss Fitchie’s L6E form decided this would be a more worthwhile activity than their usual Secret Santa present swapping.

What began with one form’s 12 Days of Christmas appeal soon spread to most of the School joining in and Mr Pearson and his L6G form helped with the organisation. Although the Sixth Form are not officially involved, many Year 12 and 13 students collected food items and the School total stands at 3,053 donations, as of going to press.

Miss Fitchie said: “We checked with the Food Bank what items were most needed so we didn’t duplicate things like pasta. We’ve collected tea, coffee, sauces, noodles, tinned vegetables, jam, biscuits, juices and long-life milk.

“There’s been close competition between classes as to which one has collected most and presently 7 Bingham is in the lead, with 339 items, second is 8 Bingham with 337 items and third is 8 Blundell with 242 items.

“We chose North Liverpool Foodbank at West Derby Lane as it’s nearby. The staff were stunned by how much we’ve collected and are so thankful.”

Pablo, of Lower Sixth, said: “I enjoyed collecting the food knowing it would give homeless and needy people a full stomach in what could be a hard and cold Christmas. It says a lot about our School that the students care and have collected so much.”

Helping to receive the food items, Izzy, who is in Miss Fitchie’s form, said: “Students in this School have a lot of opportunities which many other people don’t, so it’s positive to see that we’ve not forgotten those who are struggling and help to take the pressure off them.”

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