School collects 2,500 tins for struggling families

Solihull students collect for those in need this winter.

Students from every year group across Grace Academy Solihull collected 2,500 tins of food in a three-week appeal to help those in need this winter.

The collection of tins and other non-perishable items will be distributed to struggling families through Birmingham City Mission and Renewal’s Helping Hands food delivery service.

Commenting on the vital donations of food from students, Matthew Loader from Birmingham City Mission said: “We really appreciate their help because referrals to Birmingham City Mission increased massively over the past year. There is a particular need among 18 to 25 year olds, some of whom have less opportunities and less access to the financial support that was previously available.

“It’s great for the students to be involved because they are supporting people in need across the city of Birmingham, as well as locally. Hopefully it is giving them a city-wide perspective.”​

Student Lily-May Spink, Year 10, who donated £5 worth of food items, said: “I think it is important that we help others especially at Christmas time. This is a good way of reaching out to the local community and making a difference.”