Local pupils give generously to charity

Some of the Banchory-Devenick pupils: Alex Welsh, Christy Probart and Lucy Stephen
Some of the Banchory-Devenick pupils: Alex Welsh, Christy Probart and Lucy Stephen

Pupils at Banchory-Devenick have donated generously to a local foodbank as part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Working alongside Community Food Initiatives North-East (CFINE), the 54 pupils collected 18 crates of food and toiletries waighing 84.4 kilograms. In the process, the children learned about food banks.

Head teacher, Michelle Taylor, said: “Our school has linked up with CFINE over the last two years.

“The value of helping others in the community is incredibly important to our school.

“We have managed to donate even more this year compared to last year, which is fantastic.

“A huge thanks to the families of Banchory-Devenick Primary School for supporting such a worthy cause.”

Graeme Robbie, Development Worker at CFINE, said: “On behalf of the Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen, CFINE would like to thank the pupils of Banchory-Devenick Primary School for their kind donation to our food bank. Currently, we are distributing more than 180 emergency food parcels every week to those living in food poverty in the city.

“It’s great to see a local school taking an active role in engaging with charities such as us, and it’s inspiring to see such a large amount of food raised.

“Food poverty is a real issue in Aberdeen. Donations are essential in keeping our shelves stocked and we are extremely grateful. I am pleased to report that the pupils raised enough food for almost 200 meals.”

Taylor took P7 pupils Lucy Stephen and Alex Welsh to drop off the donation at CFINE. Graeme met the group there and the pupils weighed the donation and sorted through the items.