Thursday, December 14th, 2017.

Excelsior Academy pupils collecting supplies for The People's Kitchen

Anne Henderson with big-hearted Hadrian School pupils

Kind-hearted pupils and the local community collected a bumper pile of food, toiletries and bedding to help those facing Christmas without a roof over their heads.

The pupils from Hadrian School responded to teacher Anne Henderson’s appeal for support to help The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle at its busiest time of the year.

The charity helps homeless and vulnerable people by providing dozens of hot meals every day, bedding, signposting people to support and offering friendship and understanding.

The People’s Kitchen estimates it serves 40,000 hot meals every year to those in need, and to provide this help relies on public support.

Anne said: “We’ve been collecting items for the past couple of weeks and we hope to deliver these items to The People’s Kitchen next week.

“We’ve collected these items from the local community, friends on my Facebook page and I set a challenge for each of the classes in Hadrian School to see who could bring the most.

“The reaction from pupils has been absolutely fantastic, they’ve been brilliant. They’ve brought in food, clothing, toiletries, sanitary products, lots and lots of pillows and blankets and I’ve got to go and pick up some sleeping bags tonight.

“It all goes to The People’s Kitchen. We’ve been learning about homelessness in lessons, so they know what it’s like.

“In Year 8 we study Stone Cold which is about homelessness so the items we’ve collected for The People’s Kitchen all links together with what they are learning in class.”