Students at Dauntsey’s School were challenged by Broadgreen Breakfast Club to provide beans and tomatoes needed to provide breakfasts for half a year;
In just one week the school collected more than one and a half times that amount, a total of around 2000 tins, with more still arriving. A competitive element to the collecting developed between the houses with the winning house collecting 281 tins.
An impressive display in the Memorial Hall was ready in time for the Harvest Service at which the Archdeacon of Sarum, the Ven. Alan Jeans, spoke to the school on the theme of harvest: of being grateful, and sharing, the many things we have, and also being aware, every day, of those whose lives may begin in a very different way to our own.
Broadgreen Breakfast Club operates Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 9am, cooking breakfast for 20 to 30 people who are sleeping rough, with no permanent address or simply living off a very low income.
It is run by a group of volunteers, with help from a small number of paid workers. During the sessions professionals provide advice on housing, health, benefits and employment.
Angus Macpherson, the Chairman of the Trustees, who made the challenge said “ We can’t thank the boys and girls enough. For the next 40 weeks, the Broadgreen Breakfast Club will have a ready supply of beans and tomatoes to serve to those whose day will at least begin with a good cooked breakfast. It is one worry put aside and will allow us to concentrate our fundraising on cash for wages and rent ”