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Kew residents harvest school’s friendship

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Year six pupils at Broomfield House School in Kew are sharing the spirit of friendship across the generations in celebration of the harvest festival.

The children prepared and hand delivered wonderful harvest hampers to treat older members of the community in Kew. Over 50 parcels will be delivered.

The residents have all been invited to receive the harvest hampers by Kew Neighbourhood Association (KNA). The charity connects local volunteers with their neighbours in Kew who need some help. This could be transport, perhaps to their doctor or social club, help with shopping or light gardening, or a new companion to meet.

The Broomfield House pupils were delighted to be meeting their neighbours and sharing their gifts. “The beaming smiles from both the older folk and the children show there is as much joy in giving as receiving.” said Mrs Byers, Headteacher. “Our pupils are encouraged to think about what Harvest Festival means and how important giving to others is to life in our community. Community values are an important part of the culture we foster within our school.”

Pippa Anderson is Kew Neighbourhood Association’s companionship coordinator, and said:

“Every year we have run the harvest activity with Broomfield House School and our clients have told us how much they enjoy the conversation with the school children when they visit and that the gifts are a lovely extra treat. Through organising the activity, we also come across clients who would benefit from some extra help, mentioning they struggle to get around the shops to refill their cupboards, rarely have a visitor to talk to or cannot afford enough food. We can offer more of our support to these residents. Kew Neighbourhood Association has volunteers providing companionship, accompanying people to do their shopping and we are able to issue food bank vouchers to members of the community in need. If you think you or someone you know could benefit, or you would like to volunteer please do get in touch.”

Kew Neighbourhood Association can be contacted by email to mail@kna.org.uk or phone 020 8948 8054 calls are answered weekday mornings 10-12 with an answerphone available at other times.

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