Old and young helping foodbank

Students from Starleyhall school for children with additional support needs held a clothing sale to raise funds for Kirkcaldy Food Bank
Students from Starleyhall school for children with additional support needs held a clothing sale to raise funds for Kirkcaldy Food Bank

Residents young and old in Burntisland have been helping to support Kirkcaldy Foodbank through generous donations.

Senior pupils of the school, which caters for young people with special needs, organised a pop-up clothes shop in the Mercat as part of their work and life course.

Nic Simpson, one of the teaching staff, said “The idea came entirely from two of our pupils, Alex and Yasmine, who wrote to Cllr. Judy Hamilton and David Torrance MSP with an idea for helping Kirkcaldy Foodbank.”

Having collected donations of clothing for six months, they persuaded management of the shopping centre that it would be a good idea to stage the event in a vacant retail space. A surprise visit from Fiona Smith, manager of BHS, as pupils were setting up, resulted in a donation of a whole rack of brand new garments for sale, and at the end of the day the group was proud to be able to donate around £2000 and food donations to the Foodbank.

Representatives from the charity attended Starley Hall School’s end-of-term open day on July 9, where they saw a video presentation of the event.

The Foodbank representatives thanked the pupils for their efforts and presented them with certificates of excellence on behalf of the school. Alex was also presented with the Pupil of the Year Award by the school’s director, Phil Barton, who praised the pupils’ imaginative project.

“The school is proud of their achievement and I have to commend their initiative,” he said.

Burntisland residents demonstrated that concern for social problems is not limited to the young, when members of Kinghorn Lunch Club, which meets in Kinghorn Community Centre, invited Carol Latimer to speak about the work of Kirkcaldy Foodbank.

She told them: “It must be very disappointing to see that the vision of freedom and well-being for all that you hung onto and fought for during those long years of war has been clouded by so much poverty.”

Club members , shocked to hear of the need experienced by many families in the area, responded by organising a collection to buy supplies for the Foodbank.

Organisers Yvonne Georgeson and Elsie Tribe used the money to buy food from Morrison’s in Kirkcaldy, and event persuaded the supermarket to donate a further £20 of food.

Carol was invited back to the Lunch Club last week to accept the food on behalf of Kirkcaldy Foodbank.