Charitable pupils at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy are lending a hand to local families in need through donations to Bradford Central Foodbank.

On Monday 18 June we welcomed the charity into school to collect over 470kg of foodstuffs worth over £800 – the biggest donation Bradford Central Foodbank has received from a single school.

Our pupils, their families, staff and the wider school community came together to make donations to this Bradford charity, as part of our charitable activities during Ramadan.


Our Principal Clare Daddy explained:

“One of our academy’s STAR values is service which encourages us to think about how we can offer support to those in need in our local community. We nurture this quality in our pupils all year round of course, but felt that Ramadan, when there is a focus on feeling grateful for all that we have, presented us with a wonderful opportunity to collection donations for the foodbank.

“I’m proud of pupils and their families for embracing our charity collection for Bradford Central Foodbank and helping us to provide such a sizeable donation that will undoubtedly make a difference to their clients.”

Laura-Jo Sanby from Bradford Central Foodbank added:

“We are so grateful to all the staff and pupils of Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy for their generosity in collecting vitally needed food for hungry families here in Bradford.

“Bradford Central Foodbank currently feeds 45 to 50 families a week by providing three-day emergency food parcels, as well as a hot meal and a listening ear. In terms of food this equates to over £1,000 worth or 169 shopping bags of food a week. So we are totally reliant on the generosity of the people and schools of Bradford.”

Bradford Central Foodbank is run in partnership with local churches, facilitated by The Light Church Bradford Trust. It belongs to a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, who work together to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.