Newington primary pupils and families dig deep to help those in need

Children and families at Newington Community Primary in Ramsgate have won praise for their kind-hearted generosity in helping those in need despite the mounting cost of living crisis.

They have dug deep and donated a variety of goods creating a mini-mountain as part of their Harvest Festival celebrations.

Items including a variety of tinned and packet foodstuffs were collected by Ramsgate Salvation Army who will distribute the goods to those most in need in and around the town.

The community effort won praise from Deputy Head Teacher Becca Heaton who explained: “We were completely blown away with the volume of donations we received.

“Despite the current cost of living crisis, our local community pulled together and provided an overwhelming level of support to those in need.

“We were lucky to have a representative from The Salvation Army come and join our celebration, during which they highlighted their work and explained the donations will go to help many families that are struggling.”

“Our harvest assembly was both a wonderful celebration of the food we have, and a reminder of those less fortunate than ourselves.”

To mark the festival Newington gathered in the main hall to sing many firm Harvest Festival favourites including ‘See the Farmer’ and ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ accompanied by music teacher Warwick Eldred.

Along with the anthems, girls and boys from Years 5 and 6 led the assembly with readings that highlighted why we should be thankful for the food we have, and encouraged people to think of those that are less fortunate.

The festival celebration was co-ordinated by teacher Rhiannon Pitt who is the school’s Charities Lead. She said: “It was an amazing response and a thought-provoking meaningful assembly.

“The amount of donations from our local community was overwhelming. To see the generosity provided by so many, especially in the current cost of living crisis, is incredibly heart-warming.”