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£3,000 grant helps Sidcup children tuck into free school breakfasts

PUBLISHED: 10:44 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:44 14 December 2015

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Hope Community School is one of 15 across London to benefit from a partnership between the L&Q Foundation and Greggs

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A £3,000 grant has allowed a Sidcup school to maintain its free breakfast club for 15 children each day.

More than 90 pupils attend Hope Community School on Rectory Lane, which is one of 15 primary schools across London set to benefit from a £52,000 grant for breakfast clubs from the L&Q Foundation and its partner the Greggs Foundation.

The housing association manages more than 5,600 homes in the borough, and the chosen primary schools are all in close proximity to at least 200 L&Q households to ensure that a minimum of 50 per cent of those attending the breakfast club are residents of L&Q homes.

Mike Donaldson, L&Q’s group director of strategy and operations, said: “Schools are community hubs and working with them allows us to reach out and connect with more young people across London to fulfil our social mission.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Greggs Foundation in this way to offer support to L&Q residents and non-residents alike across the capital.”

Head teacher, David Ryan, said: “Our breakfast club gives pupils a healthy and filling breakfast each morning and ensures that they are on time and have had time to get settled and socialise with their friends before the school day starts.

“Families are also very pleased to be able to have time to be ready, play and eat breakfast with their children, friends and school staff.”

By providing a free, filling breakfast, the clubs ensure that all pupils have access to a healthy morning meal that can help improve concentration and classroom behaviour.

Parents are able to have a safe place to drop off their children before work without expensive child care costs, enabling single parents especially to more easily access employment.

The club will create opportunities for volunteering as it is expected to be run through a combination of parent volunteering and teacher support.

Greggs will provide the bread for the breakfasts, which club organisers will be able to pick up weekly from their nearest shop.

The rest of the food for the breakfast club will be bought by the club organisers with funding provided by L&Q.

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