Pupils are helping out this Christmas

Year 8 students with Cramlington Learning Village pastoral co-ordinator Lisa Burton and Rev Steve Wilkinson.

Year 8 students with Cramlington Learning Village pastoral co-ordinator Lisa Burton and Rev Steve Wilkinson.

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Students from Cramlington Learning Village have been praised for helping to feed dozens of hard up families this Christmas.

In the past few weeks hundreds of items of food have been collected throughout the 24 classes of the Junior Learning Village.

They will help make up the 50 food parcels which are being prepared for distribution on Christmas Eve and delivered to the 100 adults and children who every week rely on handouts from the Cramlington food bank.

One of its co-ordinators, Rev Steve Wilkinson from St Nicholas Church, said the students’ action demonstrated a “groundswell of care and concern for the people outside the school community.

“It’s beyond amazing,” he said.

“We often think of kids as being selfish and not understanding altruism.

“But they all realise that they are in a fortunate place and they ought to be able to help other people.”

Lisa Burton, pastoral co-ordinator at the Junior Learning Village, said: “I am incredibly proud of the girls.

“They do everything with a smile and it’s all done in their own time.

“We’ve collected for the food bank before but that was led by staff.

“This is the first time that the children have led it themselves and the response has been fantastic.

“Every day students are coming in with full carrier bags.”

For more details about Cramlington’s food bank visit www.cramlingtoncofe.org.uk