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Kindness Week




Henley-in-Arden School Kindness Week Friday 17th November 2017

Wear a silly tie to school and help the Henley-in-Arden food bank




As part of our kindness week this month, we would like all of our students to take part by bringing into school items for the Henley-in-Arden food bank on Friday 17th November. We are asking students to come into school on the Friday wearing a silly tie and bring in items for the food bank.

This time of year can be very difficult for individuals and families who are already managing on extremely tight budgets. Increased winter fuel costs, an unexpected illness or a delay in receiving benefits can be enough to push people into food crisis. Nobody should have to choose between heating and eating. Henley-in-Arden’s act of kindness this term is going to prevent some families from having to make that tough choice this Christmas.

The Henley-in-Arden food bank is part of The Tussell Trust which operates 425 food banks across the UK providing emergency food and support for people in crisis.  Last year, the charity’s food banks gave three-day emergency food supplies to more than 130,000 people in the UK, nearly half of whom were children.

Food banks provide a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods. The food bank is not in need of tinned beans or sugar at the moment. Food items that they are in need of are:

  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee
  • Breakfast cereals
  • UHT milk

Many of us know that food banks provide food. Not all of us are aware that food banks could do with donations of other essential non-food items as well. The list of essential non-food items below are also provided by food banks to help people maintain dignity and feel human again. 

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, deodorant toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food. (Please note, due to advice from UNICEF food banks cannot provide formula milk.)

Students may hand their items into their form tutor during morning registration and we will take the items to the food bank in Henley. We will also keep a box in reception if anybody would like to donate items to Henley-in-Arden food bank at any time before Christmas.

Thank you very much in advance for your kind donations. They will make a real difference to the lives of some families this Christmas.  


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