A NEWQUAY student has rallied her pals and peers to donate dozens of items to a local Foodbank to help struggling families this Christmas.
Hayley Jones decided to help out after experiencing financial difficulties first-hand in October before her student loan lifeline came through.
The Cornwall College zoology student said: “Luckily this was only for a short period of time, but it really helped me put things into perspective and made me realise what some people go through on a daily basis.
“I therefore wanted to do something to help the local community and decided that the Foodbank would be a great way to do this.”
Hayley had already chosen a few items to donate to the St Columb Minor Foodbank from her own cupboard, but then decided to ask the rest of the student body to help out.
She said she was amazed by the generosity shown by so many people, with one person even donating the contents of their entire weekly shop.
“Newquay students are usually great at getting involved with good causes, but when I went to have a look at the collection point, I couldn’t believe how generous they had been,” she said.
“I was expecting a few tins of soup and beans, but the students have donated much more than I expected including selection boxes.”
The Foodbank’s Don Dick said: “We would really like to thank all the students who have donated food. When someone presents us with a voucher they have received for the Foodbank, we then supply them with three days’ worth of food. This essentially covers three meals a day for three days, plus milk, coffee, biscuits and snacks in each food parcel.
“The food that the students have donated will go a long way in helping to fill these much needed parcels.”
Andrew Smart, Head of Cornwall College Newquay said: “A lot of our students come from out of county to study university courses here, including Hayley, and so the fact that they want to give something back to the town in which they are studying, makes us all really proud of them. One student has even donated their weekly shopping to the Foodbank.”