Primary school’s harvest tradition helps local hospice

Kind-hearted pupils from a Yardley Wood primary school have donated their harvest festival goods to a local hospice.

Staff and pupils from Yardley Wood Community Primary School made the donation to Birmingham St Mary’s this month, which provides vital care to individuals and families living with terminal illness.

It is the fourth year that the school has supported the Hospice by collecting food at the annual festival.

All food donated will be used to cook meals for people staying at the Hospice, as well as the individuals who attend its Day Hospice and Welcome Group sessions.

Miss Blackwood, acting deputy head teacher at Yardley Wood Community Primary School, said: “We’ve had a fantastic harvest festival collection this year and all of our staff and pupils are incredibly proud of the contributions we’ve made to Birmingham St Mary’s. The children enjoyed learning about the harvest and how our donations will make a difference to the Hospice and the individuals it cares for. The collection has become a tradition at our school and we’re already looking forward to the festival next year.”

Year 4 pupil, Harvey Pal, said: “I really enjoyed collecting donations for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and getting to see the people that we helped. It was good to meet the cooks who help look after the people at the Hospice and I think everyone appreciated our donations.”

Julie Price, catering team leader at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “We are so grateful to the generous staff and pupils at Yardley Wood Community Primary School for their support during the harvest festival. They’ve had a brilliant collection this year and we can’t wait to cook the donated food into delicious, nutritional meals for our individuals and families staying at the Hospice.”

Every day Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice supports 350 individuals across Birmingham and Sandwell. It is committed in ensuring that the best hospice care is available to people and their loved ones, wherever and whenever they need it – whether that’s at the Hospice, in their own homes or in the local community.

To find out more about the Hospice, visit: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk