Throughout December Crescent School families were invited to contribute a gift of non-perishable food in a Reverse Advent Calendar collection for Rugby Food Bank. The response was overwhelming and after the school term finished on Wednesday 20 December 12 boxes of donations were delivered to the Food Bank where they were very gratefully received.

Most people are lucky enough to be able to enjoy preparing for Christmas but for some families there is just not enough money to go round. Food bank use is on the rise in the UK and the extra financial pressures in December always lead to a spike in demand just before Christmas. The Reverse Advent Calendar initiative is a great idea, an example of how communities can take action to stop their neighbours going hungry, one that recognises that the spirit of Christmas is to give. It is a philosophy very much in line with the Crescent School motto, ‘To give is to receive’.

Teaching Assistant, Mrs Debbie Olner, who organised the school’s Reverse Advert Calendar, said, “A huge thank you to everyone who bought something in to donate to Rugby Food Bank. Crescent families were incredibly generous and we were astounded by the quantity of items received. Every day we would empty the donations box and every day parents would fill it up again. The Reverse Advent Calendar is such a simple concept and Crescent families embraced it for a very worthy cause.”

Our thanks go to Mrs Olner for organising the Reverse Advent Calendar and to pupils, Isaac and Euan Nelson and Josh Olner, who helped Mrs Olner and Mrs Stapleton deliver all the donations.