Schoolboys’ reverse Advent Calendar collects 100 boxes for food banks

By David Prior at

St Ambrose College schoolboys collected 100 boxes of food for those that need it the most at Christmas as they reversed the traditional Advent Calendar.

The Hale Barns story’s RE department asked pupils to forgo their daily chocolate treat but instead bring in a non perishable food item every day in the lead-up to Christmas.

Andy Roche, Assistant Head of Theology and Religious Studies, said: “It’s been heartwarming to see how the boys have engaged with this project and have really wanted to give something to those who are in much greater need, particularly the homeless and asylum seekers in Chorlton, South Trafford and Wythenshawe.

Daniel Lynch and Teddy Merrick, two of the St Ambrose boys involved in the reverse Advent Calendar

“We want them to look outside the College’s boundaries to see how they might help in their own way those who are suffering and struggling at this time of year. Our lesson to them is to look inside themselves to ask what they can do to help, rather than ask others to help them.”

Helper Teddy Merrick said: “This is a real way to celebrate Advent and I just hope we can make a difference.”

The food has been distributed to the Barakah Food Bank in Chorlton and Trussell Trust centres in Wythenshawe and South Trafford.