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Trussell Trust CEO writes to kind hearted

Before Christmas the kind hearted, and generous, students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College collected and donated over 300kg of food as part of an appeal to support Rugby Food Bank.

The food bank based on Newbold Road opened in 2012 and is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of food banks. The trust supports more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK which provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in times of crisis. Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in the trust’s network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year.

Prior to the appeal’s launch representatives from Rugby Food Bank delivered assemblies explaining what the food bank does, how it supports people in the local area and which items can be donated. During a two-week long collection period students brought in hundreds of items range from pasta and beans to shortbread and shower gel.

Two Year 7 students went the extra mile to support people in need. Apollo House’s Amelia Ray-Chaudhuri brought in fours carrier bags totaling 62 items. Whereas, Lili Oliver a Year 7 student, belonging to Fortune House, brought in several boxes laden with food after designing a poster which was displayed at DHL in Northampton where her mum works. After seeing the poster her mum’s colleagues at DHL donated food which was added to the school’s bumper collection.

Impressed with the Year 7 students’ initiative and effort, the school contacted the Trussell Trust whose CEO, Emma Revie, wrote to the girls and sent them a special ‘thank you’ certificate which was presented to Lili and Amelia in their House assembly upon their return to school.

Alison Davies, Headteacher commented “Once again our students have shown their kind, and generous, nature and have donated a huge quantity of food that will have been put to good use by Rugby Food Bank to help people in need from within the local area. I am grateful to the food bank’s staff for visiting our students to tell them about the valuable work that they do, and I am grateful to all the parents and families who’ve supported this initiative.”

Miss Davies added, “It was really nice for the girls to receive a letter and certificate recognising their extra effort from the Trust’s chief executive;I hope they are very proud.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Fiona Perks, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


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