2023 Harvest Appeal

Published 5 October 2023

For this year’s harvest appeal, St Bart’s will be donating to two immensely impactful local charities- Loose Ends and Fair Close Centre.

Loose Ends is a fantastic drop-in Centre in Newbury, run by volunteers, which has served over 5,000 meals and distributed more than 2,500 food parcels in the past year.

Fair Close Centre is an independent Centre providing a friendly place for elderly citizens to eat home-cooked meals, supplied by volunteers, as well as activities for them to enjoy. They have also started a drop-in centre for families who are struggling and have arranged with West Berkshire Action for Refugees to allow them to share our facilities once a week so they can organize cooking sessions for asylum seekers currently living in hotels so that they can cook and eat together as there are no cooking facilities or communal dining areas in the hotels.

We spoke in the whole school assembly to encourage the school community to donate to help people in need.  The suggested donations are:

  • Tins of meat or fish: minced beef, stewed steak, pie in a tin, tuna.
  • Tins of beans, vegetables and potatoes.
  • Tins of evaporated milk, custard, rice pudding, fruit, soup.
  • Dry foods: biscuits, pasta and rice.
  • Jars of jam, pasta sauce.
  • Cartons of long-life juice, and long-life milk.

We, along with some Y8 students, will be delivering the food donations to Loose Ends and Fair Close Centre.  Please bring in donations to the House Offices by Monday 16 of October. Sixth Formers should take their donations to the Sixth Form Office. Thank you for your contribution.  We can really make a difference as a community to help others in our local area and the House that collects the most food will get a special non-uniform day!