Fraserburgh's Playbarn Nursery children praised for supporting foodbank
Youngsters at a Fraserburgh nursery have been praised for their generous efforts in supporting the town’s foodbank.
The pre-school children from the Rainbow Room at Playbarn Too Nursery have even received a certificate of thanks for donating an impressive 177kg – over 27 stones – of food.
Now they are hoping to encourage others in the community to join their efforts in support of Fraserburgh Foodbank.
They’ve already got the backing of the Mace store in West Road, where there will be a box decorated by the children available for customers to leave donations.
The idea came from a comment made by one of the children.
Jennifer Taylor, from Playbarn Nursery, explained: “It all started when one wee boy said his dad had told him that lots of people had lost their jobs because of the coronavirus and they didn’t have enough food to eat.
“That got us talking with the children and they were really enthusiastic about doing something to help out.”
The children – aged four and five – have made several trips to Fraserburgh Foodbank, part of the Aberdeenshire North Foodbank operated by the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide network.
When the children bring in food from home, it’s kept in a shopping trolley until there is enough to make a delivery. They help load up the car for the manager to drop it off and walk down to help upload and sort it at the foodbank.
Jennifer added: “Our foodbank discussions led to another child asking if we could grow food for the foodbank.
"Some businesses – such as Blaze and Steel Services, Paul Birnie and his friend who he fishes with, Buchan Chemicals, Pink Petal, Charles Noble, who supplies the nurseries with fresh fish, Rodgers Electrical, the Legion and Peter’s Ices – helped us with donations to purchase a greenhouse.
"And Mark our builder, who donated all the materials for the base, put the greenhouse together.
"We’ve now started a learning journey of planting what the children want to deliver to the foodbank and to the elderly in Fraserburgh.
"We’re delighted to have the community helping us give something back – and we'd love to hear from anyone else who would like to get involved.”