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This week we held our Harvest Service and were able to donate our contributions of food, drinks and toiletries to Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge!

We are so grateful to our Vine families who together collected over 2000 items and raised over £253.46 in monetary donations.

Without your support this important event would not have been so successful. Together we have made a difference to so many homeless people our city of Cambridge. Those people will now receive the support they need.

We were also supported by The Co-op donated 26 gift bags of groceries and toiletries to the residents at the hostel and provided fantastic refreshments for all the parents and carers who attended.

This is a statement from Barry at Jimmy’s:


“It was a true delight to be invited, please, please do pass my thanks on to the Head, colleagues, parents and carers, but most of all your pupils, a fantastic and heart-warming show of kindness. They will be pleased to know that your one donation has filled over half our shelves here, and we have a lot of shelves!!” Many thanks. Barry.


Fundraising for EACH

On the penultimate week before the Christmas holidays, Year 5 decided to do some amazing fundraising for their chosen charity EACH. In this week, the children sold popcorn, held a mini fete with games and stalls and organised a Santa Fun Run.

The children sold popcorn for 20p at breaktimes and the queue was extremely long! After school, for three days, we held our mini fete which consisted of four stalls. These included: Name the Teddy Bear, where you had to give our big, cuddly teddy bear a name and if your name was picked, the teddy bear was yours; The Treasure hunt, where you had to guess where the treasure was buried on our pirate map and the lucky winner received a fabulous hamper; How many sweets? Where you had to guess the amount of sweets in the jar, the closest winner won all 567 sweets; and Guess the teacher’s Baby Photo where you had to try and match the teacher to their adorable baby photo, it was really tricky!

Finally we held a Santa Fun Run, where everybody in the school, even pre-school, ran our course.

It took weeks of hard work and preparation to get all the activities ready for the children of the Vine and their parents/carers to be able to get involved. We are so grateful to everybody who helped us and generously donated. In total, we raised £517.10.

We think this will make a big difference to the children at EACH’s lives.

Food Bank Celebration

What a memorable term for Year 2! We wanted to make a difference in the community and I can tell you The Vine certainly has!!! The whole school came together to celebrate the Food Bank collection in an assembly led by year 2. A huge thank you goes to all parents, carers, pupils and staff of The Vine: You have been enormously generous and we are overwhelmed by your support. Together we have collected approximately 2000 food items; that will feed more than 100 families within our local community.

A huge thanks also goes to Mr Steve Dadge, the manager of Morrisons Supermarket, for the generous gift of an extra 20% on top of the money raised in school and his whole team of staff who made our visit to Morrisons so exciting and rewarding.

Year 2 and The Vine School would like to send our thanks to some very special visitors who came to see us in our assembly: Emma George, The Housing Strategy officer for South Cambs; Julie Fletcher, Housing strategy Team leader; Dr David Bard, Chairman of South Cambs District Council and Councillor Kevin Cuffley.

Year 2 had come to realise that even members of our own community here in Cambourne may struggle to provide enough food for their families, especially over Christmas when times are tight.  Our vision was to give a special present to these families, through Emma George, the Housing Strategy Officer and The Trussell Trust Food Bank, and with your help we have been able to donate a pile of food goods bigger than anybody’s expectations!

The idea for our Food Bank appeal came from a very touching story about a girl called Katje who lived through the 2nd Word War in Holland.  The wonderful book ‘Boxes for Katje’ tells a story of people reaching out to those in need, at a time when food and essential items were sparse.  Katje, a young girl from Olst is overjoyed to receive a mysterious package from a young American girl called Rosie; who proves to be a true hero to Katje’s community.  Hearing of the plight in Holland, Rosie decides to share some of the U.S.A’s abundance with Katje, and sends her numerous boxes of sugar, clothes and other essential items – more than enough it appears, to help the whole village.