Kids’ fundraiser does what it says on the tin for Dacorum homelessness charity

John F Kennedy Catholic School in Hemel Hempstead held a non-uniform day in aid of Dacorum Foodbank.
John F Kennedy Catholic School in Hemel Hempstead held a non-uniform day in aid of Dacorum Foodbank.
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Students at a Hemel Hempstead school held an unconventional non-uniform day to raise food supplies for the homeless and needy in Dacorum.

Instead of the usual loose change, each pupil brought in tins and packets of non-perishable food in exchange for wearing their own clothes for the day.

Hundreds of items were collected and everything was given to the Dacorum Foodbank, which relies on donations to help feed individuals and families in crisis.

Business manager at the school Marsha Brown said: “By 9am our student services resembled a supermarket stockroom. We collected several hundred items and our sixth form students helped to box it all up and load it into the DENS [night shelter] van.

“The fantastic response shows both students and staff were happy to support such a worthy cause in our local community.”

Pupil Kirsty Stratfull said: “I was extremely happy when we were told in assembly that we would be able to help, even if it was a little bit which gave my classmates and I a real sense of achievement.”

Elena Redmond, also a pupil at the school, said: “Not only was this great fun, it brought the whole school together. It also made us appreciate the people who work at the food bank as they willingly give up their time to help others.”

Jenny Studman of DENS said: “We were delighted to receive a huge donation of food and other useful items from the school.

“Support like this makes such a difference to the lives of so many people in our community. Over 2,000 people were helped with emergency food parcels last year alone, so this gives you an idea of the scale of need locally. A massive thank you to JFK and many others like them who have donated.”

Visit DENS.org.uk or call 01442 262274 for more on its services.