The gift of gifting this Christmas: Selby College supports its local community through Selby and District Foodbank donation
Following this difficult year, staff from across Selby College have come together to support the local community by donating to Selby and District Foodbank.
Donation boxes were set up across various College departments, in which staff donated items such as tea, coffee, tinned meat and fruit, treats, toiletries and more.
“Throughout what has been an increasingly difficult year, our teams have worked hard to make sure that those in need are supported. This Christmas, more people than ever are expected to need to use a food bank during the festive period. That is why we are extremely grateful for any donation, no matter how big or small, which will go a long way in helping those who need it most this Christmas,” said Cheryl Whitton, Manager at Selby and District Foodbank.
Selby and District Foodbank is a part of The Trussell Trust, a nationwide network of foodbanks working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to people in the Selby area.
“We collect for the Foodbank at the College every year but this year in particular we have received an overwhelming response in light of the pandemic. I am enormously impressed by the generosity of our staff, with more than 63KG of items donated, the equivalent of 10 stone! This was greatly appreciated by the team at Selby and District Foodbank and will contribute to helping support the community this Christmas,” said Rebecca James, Work Placement Coordinator at Selby College, who arranged the donation.
Instead of sending out Christmas cards this year, the College has instead decided to collect donations to support local charities, such as the Foodbank and the Spirit of Christmas charity. The College also held a Christmas Jumper Day on the 11th of December to raise money for Save the Children. Staff and students were asked to give £1 to the cause, as well as donate old or unloved Christmas jumpers for the charity.
Matty Pooley, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science student at Selby College, has also set himself the challenge of running 2 miles every day throughout December to raise money for Dementia Forward.
To find out more about the Selby and District Foodbank and how you can donate, please visit: https://selbydistrict.foodbank.org.uk/