Colyton students' record breaking foodbank collection

PUBLISHED: 09:02 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:02 15 December 2016

Colyton Grammar School students with their record-breaking foodbank collection.

Colyton Grammar School students with their record-breaking foodbank collection.

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Grammar school team donates 2,157 items to the Exeter based charity

Colyton Grammar School students have collected more than 2,000 food items for the Exeter Foodbank after a three-week appeal.

The 2,157 items of non-perishable food weighing over 905kg, beating not only the students target of 1,000 items, but smashing the school’s previous record of 1,364 items.

Led by Year 11 student, Jemima Proctor, tutor group 10C collected donations from across the school community.

Jemima organised the campaign as part of her Independent Learning Project, and was assisted by fellow Year 11 student, Ece Washbrook, and Physics teacher Louise Fitzhenry.

Pete Scott, from the Foodbank said: “In one week Exeter Foodbank feeds 80 to 100 people using just under a tonne of food. Therefore this is amazingly valuable - we can’t say a big enough thank you.”

Headteacher Tim Harris thanked the students, saying: “It is testimony to your set of values – this campaign is very important, especially at this time of year.

Mrs Fitzhenry, who has been overseeing the school’s annual collections since they began in 2009, added: “Jemima has been one of the best organisers we’ve ever had, and the 10 Cedar students have been superb.”

The Exeter Foodbank is a charity that provides emergency food to local people in need.

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