2nd Dec, 2020

Tutor at college in Longbridge 'overwhelmed' at reaction to his festive food parcel appeal for those in need

A PERSONAL tutor at Longbridge’s South and City College has started collections for a Christmas Food Bank for those students who are in need.

James Bashford, who works with GCSE and access to university students, was at Home Bargains in Bromsgrove on Saturday where he said he was overwhelmed with people’s generosity, despite gale force winds and heavy rain.

He said the Government’s decision not to vote in favour of free meals for children during the holidays inspired him to make a difference to the families and children in the local area.

Some of the students who have children are living in hostels, shared accommodation, have been made redundant or are generally going through a tough time.

James added: “Being a personal tutor I hear really heart-felt stories and I just wanted to help and make a difference.

“People have really got on board with his project as they know the items are going directly to the students and their families.”

He plans to give out the parcels – which will contain breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks – at the start of December and has bought selection boxes for families with children.

“It breaks my heart that in this day and age children will be going without food over the Christmas period.

“I’m not asking you to go out and buy food but if you have any spare non perishable food, then could you please donate it to this cause and help the lives of the many of the families and children so that they can have food over the Christmas period,” he added.

James lives in South Birmingham and can collect donations.

He is also appealing for ambassadors to spread the word about the cause.

Anyone wanting to find out more or donate can call James on 07388 993960.

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