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School governor helps raise funds to stop children going hungry during half-term

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A school governor has helped raise thousands of pounds to ensure no pupils went without food during the half-term holidays.

Charlie Ruddy, a governor at Birchwood Community High School and friends helped provide free school meal vouchers for families throughout half term through a crowdfunding page.
Since January, the school has been providing £15 per week in vouchers to children who are entitled to free school meals.

Charlie Ruddy

With it being a hard time for many families these vouchers help feed children who are hungry.
The government had previously provided the vouchers. However, during half term, the voucher scheme has been unavailable, creating a “real worry” about how families would cope. The vouchers cost approximately £5000 for a week, which without help would have been impossible for the school to provide.
School spokesperson Josie Evans said: “Thankfully our governor Charlie Ruddy came to our aid and instigated a crowdfunding page which has been a wonderful success and has really proved how a community can pull together to assist those in need.
“Thanks to Charlie, the page and his sponsors our children have been fed this week. Your Kindness and generosity is a real inspiration to us all. And we cannot thank you enough.”
Particular thanks must go to the following sponsors and their generous donations:
Fibretec installations – £1,000
Maestro Technologies – £500
Trenches Law – £500
Sapphire Utility Solutions – £500

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