Staff and parents at a Newton Aycliffe school have been praised for collecting much needed supplies for a local Food bank this Christmas.

More than 750 items were donated to the appeal at Vane Road Primary, including beans, soup, pasta, cereal, crisps, chocolate, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet rolls and even Christmas crackers!

It has all been delivered to the County Durham Foodbank which distributes the food to people in need throughout the county.

The appeal was organised by parent governor Laurie Winter and teaching assistant Mrs Beaton.

Mrs Winter said: “a huge thank you has to go to all of the pupils, parents and staff who generously donated to the appeal. Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but can be especially hard for some people.”

“We hope that this can go a little way towards ensuring they have the best festive season possible.”

You can find out more about the County Durham Foodbank, including what they need and how to donate, at Phone: 0191 303 7559.

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