7 November 2013

Students at Stafford Grammar School have donated their Harvest offerings to our residents at the foyer in Rugeley. The school has been donating their Harvest offering to us for almost 10 years and we rely on support of local organisations, such as Stafford Grammar School to help us raise awareness and  break the stigma attached to youth homelessness.

Matthew Jones, Events Officer for Stafford Grammar School explained, “It is important to us at the Grammar School that we support the local community and surrounding areas. We have been supporting the YMCA for nearly ten years and our students are always generous in bringing in hundreds of items to donate.

“Each year, a member of staff and a current resident of the Foyer give a short presentation to the school, helping pupils to understand the significance of their donations. It is clear to all, that the Foyer provides invaluable support, advice and friendship to its residents. We hope to continue to support the Foyer for many years to come.”

The goods we received have been distributed between all 26 of the residents and what was left over has been saved for new residents, who receive a Welcome Pack which includes food, toiletries and bed sheets, to make their first few days with the YMCA less challenging.

CEO of YMCA Black Country Group, Steve Clay said, “We are so grateful for Stafford Grammar School’s support. The school has donated its Harvest Festival goods to Rugeley Foyer for almost 10 years and we are always overwhelmed by the school’s generosity; each year their donations exceed the year before!”

Thanks to everyone at Stafford Grammar school, that continues to support us year after year!