Spennymoor students campaigning to help local foodbanks

Alan Boddy (Executive Director Housing and Operations) with the students of Whitworth Park School and their foodbank donations.

Students from Whitworth Park Academy, Spennymoor have been campaigning for donations of food to replenish stock in local food banks this Christmas.

A group of eight students worked alongside local housing provider, Livin to create a campaign to attract food donations, which will be redistributed amongst local community foodbanks by Durham Foodbank. 

The students developed their ideas, designed a flyer and created a competition to increase donations.

Five new household wheelie bins provided by Durham County Council, have been filled with food gratefully donated by friends of the academy, as a result of the campaign.  Livin employees and partners Mears also joined in and in total over 5,000 much needed items will be put to good use by local foodbanks this Christmas.

Alan Boddy, Whitworth Park Academy chair of governors and executive director of housing and operations said: “Working together has enabled us to reach out to the wider community to promote the need to replenish foodbanks in the run up to the festive period.  The students also got the chance to put their ideas into practice with great results.”

David Stone, Whitworth Park headteacher said "I am extremely proud of both the effort and enthusiasm which the students involved in the project have demonstrated. This project has had an enormous positive impact on our young people and the local community." 

Pictured left to right : David Stone (Whitworth Park Academy head teacher), students - Amy Gaskill,  Harrison Bainbridge, Poppy Moses, Ben Bartle, Jessica Walker, Connor Bateman, Mason Todd, Emily Thompson and Alan Boddy (Whitworth Park Academy chair of governors and executive director of housing and operations at Livin)