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Food bank benefits from Inverness school's backing


By Jamie Hall

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Culloden food bank
Culloden food bank

PUPILS, staff and parents at Culloden Academy have made a fantastic donation to the Blythswood’s Highland Food Bank which will help feed families in Inverness over Christmas and into January.

The school’s sixth year senior prefects organised a reverse advent calendar to help collect non-perishable food items for Inverness Food Bank.

The idea was put forward by Odette Gordon, principal teacher of social subjects, who said: “Our prefects have really taken it on board and the response from the community has been overwhelming.”

A reverse advent calendar works on the principle of giving items during advent rather than receiving. In 2017, Highland Food Bank fed more than 6200 people across the Highlands and distributed 50 tonnes of food to people and families struggling to put food on the table.

Acting rector Tracey Lomas said: “Our pupils wanted to do something for families that may be struggling over Christmas and felt that collecting for the food banks would be a practical way in which the school could support the wider community.

“We are very pleased with the level of donations received and are delighted to hand them over to Blythswood.”

The pupils took along 682.56kg of food and will have more food to deliver at the end of this week’s collection.

Also helping with festive food bank fare last Saturday was Inverness Culloden Rotary Club which made its annual collection in Morrison’s supermarket for the needy and homeless. The food collected amounted to almost a tonne and was given to the Highland Food Bank for distribution.

One of the many people who contributed to the food collection was Ryan Williams known locally as ‘the opera guy’.

Culloden Rotary spokesman Duncan MacDonald said: “He donated a large trolley full of food. He can be seen singing on High Street on many occasions and his contribution was hugely generous.”


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