Schools Have been Helping Pupils and their families

A school has been paying for electricity, food, trainers and even a bed for pupils’ families struggling with rising bills. Staff at Ysgol Nantgwyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, have also dipped into their own pockets to support pupils.

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During the pandemic, the school helped feed 16 families, but staff said more now needed help.

Deputy headteacher Ryan Evans said families were choosing between heating and eating.

The group at the Tonypandy school now plans to raise cash through a 24-hour Brecon Beacons trek starting Friday evening.

It is hoped the money raised will form the basis of a long-term fund to support pupils and their families.

Mr Evans said: “We’ve had parents crying, struggling to feed their children or pay their electricity bills.

“It’s been tough for some.”

He added: “The 24-hour challenge is a way of us saying we’re here for you, we want to help you, and we’ll do whatever we can.”

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Rhiannon Thomas, one of the teachers taking part in the walk, said she had seen first-hand the effect of poverty on pupils.

“I’ve had children coming into school hungry because they haven’t had breakfast,” she said.

“One little girl was so cold she was wearing her coat in a class all day.”

Ms Thomas said the school was “a lifeline” for many pupils.

“We want to make sure no child goes hungry, and they have the necessities,” she said.

“If we can help in any way, we will.”

The school has also been working with a local food bank to ensure pupils have enough to eat.

To donate to the challenge, visit the JustGiving page.

In addition, a GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the school purchase food and other essentials for needy pupils.

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