Education resource supplier helps Aberdeen school fund Greggs Breakfast Club

Healthy start - The Greggs Breakfast Club funded by Findel at Orchard Brae School will support students (One of the Findel Foundation-supported breakfast clubs is shown)

EDUCATIONAL resources supplier Findel has provided the funds to set up and run a breakfast club at Orchard Brae School through The Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Programme. 

Orchard Brae School is an all through free standing additional support needs school for pupils age 3-18 with profound, multiple and complex needs.

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Pupils are transported to school every morning so their Breakfast Club, named “Social Snack” is designed around their needs. The club supports pupils to socialise together and participate in an activity while enjoying a healthy and nutritious snack as part of their everyday learning.

Alongside fresh bread donated from their nearest Greggs, the pupils are provided a range of healthy cereals, fruit and smoothies to kick start their day of learning. 

Headquartered in Hyde, Greater Manchester, Findel is covering the startup and ongoing costs for the breakfast club via its Findel Foundation. The average Breakfast Club costs £3,000 to set up and run for a year based on supporting 65 children with a breakfast.

Aberdeen City Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener, Cllr Martin Greig, said: “The generous support is greatly appreciated. This is a welcome initiative for the Orchard Brae School community. It is good that breakfast time is being encouraged as a shared social experience. I am grateful to Findel and The Greggs Foundation for their involvement.”

Established in 1999, The Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Programme aims to help primary school pupils who might otherwise not have access to a breakfast get a nutritious start to their school day. It is a principal programme of The Greggs Foundation, a grant-making charity which aims to build stronger, healthier communities in the areas where the bakery chain operates.

Lynne Hindmarch, partnerships manager at The Greggs Foundation, commented: “A huge part of the success of the Breakfast Club Programme is the wonderful support and engagement we receive from external partners. 

“As well as funding nearly half of our 840 Breakfast Clubs, they create new opportunities for pupils and really look for ways to add value to the schools in our network.

“Findel has been one such partner. We can’t thank Findel enough for all of the support they have given to The Greggs Foundation and the schools they support – it is a lifeline to so many children and families.”

Launched last November, the Findel Foundation is a long-term initiative from Findel to provide ongoing support to a range of children’s education, wellbeing and environment causes throughout the UK.

Supporting Orchard Brae School is part of a wider initiative helping support more than 600 children in seven primary school breakfast clubs across the UK. These schools are located in Manchester; Nottingham; Belfast; London; Welshpool, Wales and Kilwinning in North Ayrshire.

Findel’s goal is to continue to support The Greggs Foundation to accommodate more than 500 children per year.

Head of Findel Foundation, Claire Gleave and HR Breakfast Club lead at Findel, Danielle Cloake, said: “With many families and children facing significant challenges, especially during the current cost of living crisis, initiatives like the Breakfast Club Programme from The Greggs Foundation are essential.

“At Findel, we know we are more than a supplier, but a partner to the education sector. This is why we are committed to playing our part to ensure children and young people get the best possible education experience.

“We’re proud of the support we’ve been able to provide the Programme and schools through the Findel Foundation and play our part to help hundreds of children as we continue to invest in our seven partnerships.”

Findel’s origins as an educational resources supplier can be traced back to 1817. Today, its brands and websites offer more than 32,000 products to educators and parents based in the UK and overseas with the business exporting to 130 countries.

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