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Children at Sherborne House School in Chandler’s Ford, donated their 2019 Harvest Festival food collection to Winchester Churches Night Shelter.

Pupils, from Pre-Reception to Year 6, all brought in a number of dry, tinned and long-life goods from home to donate to the shelter. The shelter offers accommodation and food all year round to support those in need of a safe temporary home.

The children welcomed a guest speaker from the Winchester Churches Night Shelter to their Harvest Festival school assembly, who spoke to the pupils about how their donations will help those at the shelter.

The School Community Link and Year 3 Class Teacher, Miss Sophie Laverick, explained why partnerships between the school and the local community are so important. She added, “At Sherborne House, we aim to help pupils think about how people really can make a difference to local, national and global issues. By forming partnerships within our local area, we enter into a dynamic community of learners that can enrich our teaching and our effectiveness in engaging the children inside and outside the classroom.”

The hundreds of donations from pupils up and down the school, were then taken by the four Year 6 Senior Prefects and Miss Sophie Laverick to Winchester Night Shelter. A member of the Winchester Churches Night Shelter showed the Senior Prefects around the shelter and also gave them further insight into the work and support which takes place there.

One of the Senior Prefects who visited the night shelter said, "I loved visiting the Night Shelter, we learnt so much. It made me realise how fortunate I am. I am so pleased we could donate some food to the Night Shelter and help contribute to the work the team do there."

Head Teacher, Mr Mark Beach, added, “A huge thank you to all our pupils, parents and families for their generous donations for such a worthwhile cause. Our visitor from Winchester Churches Night Shelter gave all our pupils great insight into how their donations will help others and has inspired everyone to do even more to help those around them.”