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Copley students raise over £2k for local food bank
Thursday 31st January 2019 @ 16:48 by Tom Greggan
Community Stalybridge Tameside

Students at Copley Academy have raised thousands of pounds for a local food bank thanks to a trio of events last half-term.

First, the school held a food collection, driven by its student leadership team, with almost 100kg of food donated. Then, Copley held a non-uniform day with students donating money.

Finally, year 10 business students held a Christmas Fair, with stalls selling everything from Christmas cards to face paints, to put in to practice what they learn in class. They raised £500 and decided as a group to donate the funds.

In total, the school raised £2004 for Tameside East Food Bank, much to the delight of Project Manager Trisha Jarman.

“I’m overwhelmed with the amount that has been raised,” Trisha said. “Especially with the food the school has given us as well, I wasn’t expecting as much.”

Trisha continued: “The donation will go into our fund and go towards food. The cost of a single person’s food parcel is approximately £28, so you can imagine how many parcels this donation is going to provide.

“It makes it easier for us as we’re not worrying if we’ve got enough cover. This donation is amazing; it will buy a huge amount of food.”

Assistant Principal Jo Tidbury said helping local charities is a big part of the school’s ethos. “We’re so proud to be part of this community,” she said. “We’re not just trying to develop our students academically but as well-rounded citizens for the future as well. We don’t just want to be an exam factory; we want students who are conscious and responsible.”

The donation comes at a welcome time for Tameside East Food Bank, with the number of people using the service on the rise. It hands out parcels to more than 4200 people.

Trisha explained: “Christmas was frenetic. We probably gave out double the amount of food we gave out last year.

“Our statistics run from April to April and we’ve already fed 400 more people than last year. That’s with 2-3 months left.”

“The community is amazing. Although it’s been our busiest Christmas with clients, it has also been our busiest Christmas for food donations. The public are so generous. We’ve got permanent drop boxes in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s supermarkets which are filled and emptied every week. We get a lot from schools as well. It’s nice to see the community come together because it is a community issue.”

Tameside East Food Bank has centres in Ashton, Dukinfield and Stalybridge. For more information, visit tamesideeast.foodbank.org.uk.