Children from St Edmund Campion School, Maidenhead entered the “Dragon’s Den” on Tuesday at Portsmouth Cathedral and won £500 to help Foodshare. As part of the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, Bishop Philip Egan had invited school children in the Portsmouth Diocese (which includes Maidenhead) to undertake projects to support Works of Mercy and bid for money to do this.
St Edmund Campion School put forward two projects, both linked to Foodshare. The first is to provide artwork and to decorate Foodshare’s current premises in King Street. The second is to transform land adjacent to Boyn Grove Community Centre to allow it to be used as allotments which can provide fresh produce for Foodshare.
Following a presentation by a team of school children at Portsmouth Cathedral, Bishop Egan and his fellow “dragons” recognised the benefit of these projects and awarded £500.
The school children had some support behind the scenes. Jonathan Holder of Maidenhead Catenians acted as mentor, bringing together the Dragon initiative and Sue Brett of Foodshare. Teacher Andy McKell is the project leader.