Harvest Festival appeal in support of Blandford Food Bank
In mid-September, senior Bryanston pupils worked with the school chaplain, Canon Andrew Haviland, to put an appeal out to the school community for gifts for the Blandford Food Bank. Parents, pupils and staff all worked together to fill a basket for each boarding house. After a couple of weeks these baskets were overflowing. All gifts were taken down to the school church where pupils from each house brought up their house basket during the Harvest Festival service. The retiring collection raised £100 which will also be given to the food bank.
On 27 September, a grand total of 24 crates were packed, collected and then delivered to the Blandford Food Bank by a group of volunteers. Gail de Pinto, manager of the Blandford Food Bank, was extremely grateful and said, ‘These gifts from the community at Bryanston School are incredibly welcome and are very much needed to replenish the dwindling stocks over the summer months as it has been an extremely busy year for us, especially with the Summer Free School Meal programme running for the second year.'
Andrew commented, 'I am very grateful for everyone’s support. Helping our neighbour when they are in need is at the heart of the message of Christianity. It is also the decent thing to do - to help our local community in a practical way.'