Kind-hearted kids help the homeless

Co-ordinators Nathan Coundon and Elwin Marshall at Chantry Middle School with some of the food they have collected for The People's Kitchen.
Co-ordinators Nathan Coundon and Elwin Marshall at Chantry Middle School with some of the food they have collected for The People's Kitchen.
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TWO Morpeth school pupils took to the stage to help a charity bring home the bacon.

As part of Chantry Middle School & Technology College’s Harvest efforts, Elwin Marshall and Nathan Coundon led the drive to donate food for the People’s Kitchen.

And thanks to their presentation during an assembly, more than 500 tins and packets were donated to help the organisation support homeless people in the Tyneside region.

The Year eight students did detailed research to explain to fellow pupils how important the charity is in its community.

Nathan, 13, said: “We also lined up the tins and packets on the stage to show the progress over the two weeks and inspire the people who had yet to bring their food in.

“Our target was 300, so to get over 500 was fantastic. It was a really good thing to do and it was a great sense of achievement to do so well for a worthy cause.”

Elwin, 12, added: “This project improved our co-ordination and presentation skills.

“We wanted to make a big impact on people at the assembly so we made sure that it was as professional as possible, for example we did the presentation from bullet points instead of having all the text written out.”

The boys also got in touch with People’s Kitchen Communications Representative Maureen Hogg, who is also a volunteer for the charity, to give a talk about how it has helped to change people’s lives for the better.

She said: “We give out about 120 meals every time we’re open, but we get no grants so we rely totally on donations.

“We get donations from schools across Northumberland and Newcastle, but this was the first time that I’ve seen some pupils organise everything.

“We’re very grateful to Nathan and Elwin for achieving such a high amount.

“They have managed to foster a real sense of social awareness among their fellow pupils.”