Midhurst pupils help Chichester homelessness charity

Primary school pupils helped prepare vital supplies for members of Chichester’s homeless community this week.

Monday, 15th July 2019, 12:20 pm
Updated Monday, 15th July 2019, 1:20 pm
Children from Midhurst C of E Primary School packing donation boxes for the homeless by Donna Ockenden (founder of Four Streets Project). Pic Steve Robards SR1918241

Discussing this term’s topic for the pupils, houses and homes, staff at Midhurst C of E Primary School decided it was important to shed some light on members of our society who live in different circumstances.

Year Six teacher Mrs Bowles decided to get in touch with Chichester charity, the Four Streets Project, to help discuss homelessness with pupils.

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Children from Midhurst C of E Primary School packing donation boxes for the homeless by Donna Ockenden (founder of Four Streets Project). Pic Steve Robards SR1918247

Streets Project].”

Pupils collected items to create hygiene boxes for the homeless community after spending time collecting iteams like soaps and toothbrushes.

Donna Ockenden, founder of the Four Streets Project, described the school’s involvement as ‘brilliant’.

Children from Midhurst C of E Primary School packing donation boxes for the homeless by Donna Ockenden (founder of Four Streets Project). Pic Steve Robards SR1918256

The charity provides food and water to members of the homeless community in Chichester.

“They are a credit to their school, to their families and to their communities.”

Mrs Bowles added: “The children really enjoyed it. I think children can be sheltered from real life at times and we are very lucky here.

“We have some well off students and some that use foodbanks.”

The Church of England school also spends times ‘praying for those in need’ as well as donating time to helping out at a foodbank.

The Four Streets Project provides support 365 days a year for homeless people within the four walls of Chichester.