Holymead Primary School in Brislington, Bristol has raised over £7,500 for South and East Bristol Foodbank. The money was raised by families from the school and people in the local community sponsoring pupils to participate in a runathon.

The event, which was run by the school’s Rights Action Group, was held throughout May. The idea for the event was suggested by pupils who wanted to help local families who may have fallen on hard times as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

South and East Bristol Foodbank provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Pupils at Holymead recovering after their fundraising runathon

Fundraising is a top priority for Holymead Primary School which has recently been re-accredited with the Gold Rights Respecting Schools’ Award. This award is granted to schools which show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others. Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. 

Headteacher of Holymead Primary School, Kate Slatcher, said, “We are proud that our pupils have been so enthusiastic about raising money for others. I think the community has really got behind this fundraising event because they recognise the important role that foodbanks have played during these uncertain times. Well done to all the pupils for their determination and thank you to our sponsors for their generosity.”