Homeless fed for a year by children

Pupils' at Warley Town School, Warley, Halifax, with their food donations for homeless men and women at SmartMove charity
Pupils' at Warley Town School, Warley, Halifax, with their food donations for homeless men and women at SmartMove charity
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Schools prove they are top of the crop for a Calderdale homelessness charity.

Scores of Calderdale schools have chosen Halifax’s SmartMove charity as their Harvest Festival beneficiary.

Pupils’ food, toiletries and household item donations support the charity in providing ‘starter packs’ upon securing accommodation for previously homeless men and women as well as individuals living on the region’s streets.

The annual generosity from 30 schools, including Warley Town School, Warley, Halifax, pictured; Salterhebble J and I School, Halifax; Woodhouse Primary School, Brighouse; Central Street Infant and Nursery School, Hebden Bridge; Todmorden C of E, Todmorden; provides enough food to help feed the charity’s clients throughout the year.

Children are given a talk on homelessness and can ask SmartMove representatives and clients questions on social deprivation.

SmartMove’s financial representative Jack McAusland, pictured, said: “We wish to thank all the schools for their generous donations to SmartMove - it makes a huge difference to our homeless and vulnerable clients.”

Calderdale Council’s adult homelessness service provider currently has 111 clients on its books and more than 50 on its waiting list.

SmartMove chief executive officer Stuart Rumney said: “We’ve been running this for four years and we’re blown away each year by the generosity of the schools - their donations keep us going for a whole year - what a fantastic and positive Calderdale community effort.”