Shrewsbury School

Volunteering at Home initiative sees more Salopians helping in the community

Thursday 25 February 2021

Salopians have taken the opportunity over half term to continue with their Volunteering at Home efforts, and our pupils have been busy.

Continuing their hard work was Amelia G (IV, EDH) and her brother Henry G (L6, PH) who started digging up carrots from a neighbouring farm that were not harvested. The carrots were then donated to the Shrewsbury Food Hub and after a muddy month of picking carrots, the final total donated was an amazing 3,216 carrots.

Once again, cooking and baking has been a popular way for our pupils to show some care to the community.

Limonee F (III, G) has been cooking and delivering food to a neighbour, including homemade fish pie and cakes, and Clara G (III, G) has been baking for many members of the community.

Clara said: “I decided that for my volunteering I would bake cakes for different people who could use a pick me up. So, every week my dad and I will pick a different person and I will ask them their favourite cake - lemon drizzle seems to be the favourite so far – and I will bake them that cake.

“Last week my dad told me of a man who is halfway through his chemotherapy and really loves cakes. I decided that he is the best choice to go for and he chose a lemon drizzle cake. So far, I have baked cakes for lonely people, elderly people, ill people and NHS workers. I have made six cakes now; one cherry cake, one carrot cake and four lemon drizzle cakes.”

Two of our Salopians have also been volunteering to help rollout the COVID vaccinations. Ben P, (IV, Rb) has been volunteering at a local medical practice who are involved in the vaccine roll out and Olivia M (IIV, EDH) has been busy over half term and in her spare time taking temperatures as people arrive at the South Shropshire COVID Centre, handing out hand gel and cleaning seats after patients have left. Volunteers at the Centre said, “she has been really helpful and enjoyed doing it.”

Another volunteer who has been hard at work is Charlie M (IV, PH) who has been busy at work at his family farm.

Charlie said: “Over the past few weeks for the Volunteering at Home I have been working on our farm, mainly milking our Holstein dairy herd, either on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoons or at weekends.

“I earn £4 an hour and over the past few weeks have earnt a total of £240 - I am donating a quarter of this, £60 to Severn Hospice, as they took great care of my grandma when she was very poorly and before she passed away.”

Well done to all our Salopians who have been taking part in Volunteering at Home, what amazing work you have done!

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