Moseley Foodbank Donations

Caring for those less fortunate than us is one of the core values of Hertford. Students generously donated various items to be distributed by Northex, a community charity running Sparkhill Foodbank. 

Kasim Ali, House Captain, reflects on the kindly actions of his fellow scholars

We were collecting donations for the Sparkhill Foodbank; the aim of the mission was to collect one item from each person of each form of Hertford House. The reason for the mission was to rid Sparkhill of poverty and make sure that people of Sparkhill have their basic items to keep alive and run their households.

The Sparkhill Foodbank is a charity that was formed five years ago and is run by a group of volunteers. Mr Smith and Miss Lyn, both of Hertford house were the teachers that fronted the project and ran it successfully. Every week as the deadline came the donations poured in showing great generosity.

Massa, a volunteer for the foodbank came in to collect the items for the foodbank and he was really thankful that students had taken the time to care about other people in the community and took them straight to the organisation to be distributed. The items that were collected were household items because the school had already been informed that there was lots of tinned food. Household items included: soap, shampoo, bags for life and toilet rolls.

Members of Mrs Cannon’s Form, H3, stated: 

It is important to help others and, as a Form and as part of Hertford House, we are extremely proud that students came together with the local community and helped to create this sense of belonging; it is definitely something we should continue to do.

Sparkhill Foodbank is one of numerous projects run by Narthex Sparkhill, a registered charity based at The Narthex Centre, St Johns Church, Sparkhill in Birmingham. Their mandate is “encouraging cohesion through education; social action; families, children and young people’s work.”

Sparkhill Foodbank project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The grant is for the setting up the foodbank, recruitment and training of 50+ volunteers and to raise the profile and local response to poverty. They have been running for almost 5 years. Throughout 2016, they provided food parcels to 4250 people.