Christmas Charity at Magna

Our Business Teacher, Mrs Halls, has set us all an excellent charitable challenge for Christmas with the idea of a 'Reverse Advent Calendar'. We were interested to share this more widely, so we posed a couple of questions to Mrs Hall during break:
Q: What charity are we supporting?
Hope for Food is a local charity based in Bournemouth set up and run entirely by volunteers. The organisation was founded by Claire Matthews in 2012 with the aim of providing life’s basic essentials on a day to day basis to people in need of help due to the current economic climate. Originally, they operated the soup kitchen from the Winter Garden’s car park in Bournemouth town but in 2014, after the death of 42-year-old man in a doorway on Richmond Hill, St Andrew’s church offered to assist. The charity also runs from St Alban’s Church Hall once at the weekend.
Q: So, how does a 'Reverse Advent Calendar' work?
The 'reverse advent calendar' is a way of helping people with limited resources over Christmas.  It simply means putting one item of food aside each day in the run-up to Christmas. The national campaign suggests we start now, as it's better for food banks to receive food earlier rather than later. But December works, if you really fancy doing it that way – just take products in a few days before.
Q: And what will we be doing at Magna Academy to support Hope For Food?
I would like each form to donate 25 items from the list of goods I have provided to them. These can then be put in a box to be collected from the Academy nearer the end of this term. This is the same as the number of doors on an advent calendar. Most forms have more than 25 students in them so this should be easy to put together.
Q: Who else will be supporting this initiative?
This is not just about student donations. I would love to see the Senior Leadership Team create their own Calendar collection and for the Support Staff team to do the same.
Q: Would you be happy to come back after Christmas and share with us how the collections fared?
I would love that. Perhaps we can bring along some photographs of the collections too. And thank you to all my colleagues and all the students for the enthusiasm that has been shown already. If we can make the lives of people much less fortunate than ourselves a little brighter then we will all have made this a much better Christmas.

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