Students staff and parents at Burnley school rise to challenge and raise £1,600 for foodbank

Blessed Trinity RC College staff, parents and pupils have smashed their target £1,000 for Burnley Foodbank.

By Susan Plunkett
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 12:30 pm

Not only did they reach the target, they raised a further £600 on top of that!

And they are determined to raise even more to boost the organisation that has seen demand for its services quadruple during the pandemic.

Rebecca Wilkinson, a teacher at the school in Ormerod Road, decided to start fundraising after hearing about the increased demand for food during Covid-19 from Burnley FC in the Community, who the school have worked closely with in the past.

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Some of the students at Blessed Trinity RC High School who helped to raise 1,600 for the Burnley FC in the Community foodbank. (photo by Rebecca Wilkinson)

They started a justgiving page and got pupils to take part in the 2.6 challenge, which has involved everything from baking 26 cakes to kicking and diving for a rugby ball 26 times.

They also held a staff virtual quiz night which raised more than £200.

Rebecca said: "We have supported the Foodbank at Burnley FC in the Community, part of Burnley Together, for a number of years and have seen first hand the amazing work they do to help those in need.

"A spokesman for the charity told us they have seen quadruple the number of people needing help due to Covid-19 and therefore need all the help they can.

"As a close community, we are only too happy to do our bit and we are amazed we have raised £1,600 - but we want to raise more."