College joins festive foodbank campaign

Staff and students at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College have come together to support their local community by fundraising for local foodbanks in the run up to Christmas.

The College has joined the national ‘Festive FE Foodbank Friday’ campaign, which is seeing Further Education organisations around the country coming together to raise money and collect food items for community foodbanks. Many foodbanks are seeing a decline in donations at this challenging time and are in need of support.

With a national target of 30,000 items, food collection baskets have been placed at each campus for donations from staff and students. Every Friday, the items are collected from each campus and taken to local foodbanks to provide much needed support to the community.

In addition, a virtual fundraising platform has been launched with the aim of reaching a £12,000 target In aid of the Trussell Trust, which supports a network of foodbanks providing emergency provisions to those in need, and has foodbanks in Worthing, Shoreham and in Whitehawk, Brighton.

The College also recently held a Christmas Jumper Day, which saw staff and students across the College’s five campuses wearing an array of colourful designs in aid of the Trussell Trust.

Alan Cooke, Secretary of the Craven Vale Community Association and Foodbank, said, “I would to thank all those who have donated items and for those who raised money to know how vital their generous gift has been to our foodbank and to those we live amongst in our communities.”

Andrew Green, Interim CEO at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College said, ““I am proud to see our college staff and students come together with other colleges across the country, to support our local foodbanks through the Festive FE Foodbank Friday campaign. The festive season can be a difficult time for so many people, and this year has been particularly hard. In these unprecedented times, it is vital that we help our local community to support those in need.”

To donate to the College's FE Foodbank Friday campaign, please visit:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greater-brighton-metropolitan-college-fe-foodbank-friday

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