A secondary school in Eastbourne has donated 550 meals to the town foodbank in the run-up to Christmas.

Students at St Catharine’s College in Priory Road gave Eastbourne Foodbank more than 40 bags in total.

Each tutor group was challenged to donate a bag of food and a Christmas gift for a child or adult.

The school said representatives from the foodbank were ‘amazed’ at just how much was donated.

All of the food and gifts will now be given to families in need over the Christmas period.

The drive was led by maths teacher Nicky Baker.

She has been working with Eastbourne Foodbank for its ‘Fill a Bag, Give a Gift’ campaign.

Nicky said:

“I gave talks to all year groups, asking them what they liked about Christmas – they said presents, twinkly lights, food and family – and then asked them to consider what Christmas would be like if their families could not afford to provide those things.

“I presented case studies of people who had to use food banks and reminded the pupils not to be stereotypical about who uses them, as all sorts of circumstances lead to people needing the support of a food bank.

“I’m delighted with the number of donations given and would like to thank everyone who got involved.”