WHILE the festive period may have been and gone, the spirit of community remains as the students from Cranbourne College have continued with the theme of giving.

The pupils launched a cross-tutor group collection for the homeless over the course of December, resulting in a haul of items from Basingstoke’s food bank.

The school council organised a non-uniform/winter jumper day where students brought a food donation into school in return for not wearing their uniform.

A spokesman for the school said: “We are very proud of our students who have kindly donated to the local food bank. In total, across the four houses, we transported over 1200 items. This is the second year we have worked with the food bank and it is a pleasure to support a charity that helps so many people.

Student Harry Pocock, who is in year nine, said: ““It was good to help deliver the food for the people that need it the most. It was a fun experience to be part of.”

While Malaika Mooney and Leanne Saunders, both in year eight, added: ““It was very rewarding to be able to help transport the donations and we would like to do it again next year.”