Schools help feed people on poverty line

Food queues outside Ebenezer Church, Halifax.
Food queues outside Ebenezer Church, Halifax.

A Halifax school has raised thousands of pounds to help feed some of Calderdale’s most vulnerable men and women.

A high school which regularly receives financial support from Calderdale individuals, charities and businesses has given almost £3,000 to Halifax and Todmorden food banks in a joint school effort.

Ten Calderdale schools - Calder High, Colden, Crossley Heath, Deanfield, Highbury, Ravenscliffe, Ryburn Valley High, Savile Park, Sowerby Bridge High and William Henry Smith raised £2,791.64 when pupils took part in a ‘Dress Down for a Pound’ day.

Ravenscliffe head teacher Martin Moorman, said: “Food Poverty is a big national issue and whilst it is unlikely that we will solve Calderdale’s issues with this fundraising drive, we have tried to do our bit. Hopefully a collection of nearly £3000 in cash can help and I’m so pleased that a decent number of schools decided to support this initiative.”

Last year, 40 schools took part and raised more than £15,000 towards the Ravenscliffe@SpringHall project - to build a new £2.5m sixth-form centre for Ravenscliffe High School, Skircoat Green, teenage pupils’ with learning difficulties.

The new centre is due to open in September 2016.

Of the monies raised, £1,967.48 will be donated to Halifax’s Food and Support Drop-In Centre, St James Road, and £824.16 will be given to support men, women and children living on poverty lineand attending Todmorden food bank for food and household handouts.

Jeff Heaton, administrator for Christians Together Calderdale, said: “The money raised will be a huge help in supporting the work done by Christians Together Calderdale which continues to expand. It will be used to support some of the most vulnerable people in Calderdale.”