A happy and healthy start to the day for local children

A group of children at a breakfast club

A free breakfast club opened its doors for the first time last month at Woodham Burn Primary School in Newton Aycliffe.

With our funding and funding from GAMP (Great Aycliffe Middridge Partnership) and in partnership with Greggs, the school is now able to offer its pupils the opportunity to have a free healthy and nutritious breakfast five days a week.

The project which will run for two years covers three primary schools in Newton Aycliffe and has been funded by a £4,500 donation from our Community Regeneration Fund and £4,500 from Durham County Councillors John Clare, Eddy Adam, Kate Hopper, Paul Howell and Scott Durham, through the GAMP (Great Aycliffe Middridge Partnership) Area Action Partnership.

Vicky Miller, head of regeneration for Livin, said: “We firmly believe in giving children in our communities the best possible start in life. We can help achieve this by setting them up for the day with a healthy breakfast which improves their alertness and ability to concentrate.

“We have worked in partnership with Greggs for over five years now providing free breakfasts to over 240 children with reported outcomes of improved attendance and academic achievement.”

Mrs Edwards, head teacher at Woodham Burn Primary School said: “We have received overwhelming interest in the free breakfast club on social media and are overjoyed to see over 35 pupils on the first day at the club.  Improved attendance and ability is a key benefit of support like this from local businesses but overall we are over the moon to be able to offer a healthy start for our children”