Arthur Mellows Village College’s donation to Peterborough Streets

Over the past 8 years, students of Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton have annually helped out the local charity Peterborough Streets (previously known as St Theresa's). This year the students of Year 12 have organised themselves and broke the record by collecting over 2,000 food items as well as blankets and clothing to donate.

The charity offer food to the homeless and provide essential programmes such as cooking on a budget, IT teaching, housing welfare support and washing facilities.
 
Students in Year 12 designated themselves a Year Group to target to raise awareness about the amount of homeless people in the Peterborough area and encouraged them to bring in as much as possible. A special mention goes out to the Sixth Form charity team as well as Abi Pacey, Connie Porter, Gail Odep, Erin Mclean, Hugh Elson, Laura Mills and Paige Ferrier. Everyone has really taken the challenge on board and motivated the younger years by contacting businesses to provide prizes for the students who have participated; Millies Cookies donated a year’s worth of cookies. Mr Steele who oversaw the activity says “St Theresa’s is now reformed as Peterborough Streets and we would hate to see the charity be unsuccessful as a result of a lack of support. Peterborough has the highest number of homeless people in the UK, here at Arthur Mellows we have always believed this is a great cause to support and even more so at Christmas time.”
 
 Peterborough StreetsOn Thursday 15 December 2011 representatives from the charity came to the College to collect the items, it took a gang of willing volunteers to carry it all to the mini bus. Diane Bentley, assistant fundraiser said “these donations are brilliant and very beneficial to the centre. We can now give out food parcels and provide hot meals for clients of the centre. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved and to Arthur Mellows Village College who are very supportive throughout the year.”
 
This has set the bench mark for the future, we are so proud of our students and the level of commitment they have shown to this task.
 
Mia Holmes 13ETR