A Charitable Harvest

Shoreham College pupils delivered hundreds of items of clothing, food and other essential supplies as part of their Harvest assembly this week and in aid of the Hove-based Charity, Off the Fence.

The pupils demonstrated their concern for the homeless in the local area, with the College Pupil Council voting to do something about it and dedicate the Harvest Festival collection this year to a charity dedicated to helping the homeless.

All pupils were informed a few weeks ago and asked to donate food and good quality clothing to bring into school the day of the Harvest Assembly.

During the assembly, Mr Taylor-West explained the history and Christian significance behind the Harvest festival period and linked it to charitable action in the community. He told the pupils: 'It is so pleasing to see that you have shown that you understand the importance of helping others in our community. In the words of the hymn, Come Ye Thankful People Come, we need to gather things in as the winter approaches.'

The load was then transported by school minibus directly to the Charity in Hove who was delighted with our donations. An Off the Fence spokesperson said, “A big thank you for the wonderful harvest food gifts, clothing and other essential items. Your contributions will make a profound impact right across all of our projects but especially for those who sleep rough on our streets. Thank you for caring and thank you for sharing!”

Whilst we thank all the pupils at the school who contributed there were a few notable efforts that deserve a special mention. Harry Otley, Y8 took it upon himself to do a sponsored bike ride, and then used the money he raised to purchase an array of 45 new items to donate. Whilst Olivia Burke, Y5, organised a book sale which raised £130 to present to the Charity. What an amazing effort!