Derby Grammar School celebrated Harvest Festival this morning with an assembly led by School Chaplain, Reverend Paul Taylor.

Each year it collects donations from pupils and their families which are then taken to their friends at YMCA Derbyshire. The volume of donations received this year has been staggering, and in fact is the largest the School has ever collected.

Reverend Taylor said during his service: “what an incredible amount of donations there are here this morning. I am so proud of you all. We are the only school supporting YMCA Derbyshire and this food has such a massive impact on those who have so little.”

David Finn of YMCA Derbyshire also joined the assembly. He added: “I am overwhelmed by your donations and I thank you all on behalf of our YMCA residents. We all take having food for meals for granted, but for some people something as simple as receiving a tin of beans can mean such a huge amount.”

Derby Grammar School’s partnership with YMCA Derbyshire has developed over many years. As well as donating food at harvest time the school also collects gifts at Christmas for the residents through its annual shoebox appeal.

Once assembly had finished David took his minibus full of donations back to YMCA to give out to the residents.