Donations from pupils and staff for Derby Grammar School’s harvest festival flooded in this week. All gifts are donated to YMCA Derbyshire making a difference to each resident as the YMCA works with them to support them on their journey to bring positive and sustainable change.
At this years’ harvest assembly, School Chaplain Rev. Paul Taylor thanked everyone for their donations, saying: “This shows what this school is about; generosity, going the extra mile and thinking of others. All of these donations will make a huge difference to people of your age at the local YMCA. Year on year I am overwhelmed by your kindness, but this year surpasses all – this is the most we have ever collected.”
The service included a bible reading by Head Prefect, Elliot Butterworth, and Year 6 pupils Joshua Morrison, Dhruv Malhi and James Maddox led the assembly in prayers.
David Finn and Sarah Crane of YMCA Derbyshire joined the assembly. David said: “Our residents come to the YMCA looking for safety, a meal and to be clean and fresh. When they arrive they feel nobody loves or cares for them.
We are eternally grateful for your harvest donations that show somebody does care and that they are valued. I cannot tell you how much this means to each of our residents.”
Derby Grammar School has a long-standing relationship with YMCA Derbyshire, supporting their young residents through the annual harvest collection, the Christmas shoebox appeal and the YMCA’s annual Sleep Easy. After the harvest assembly, Junior School and Sixth Form pupils joined with Charities Prefect, Abi Davies, Rev. Taylor and Miss Sellors to load the YMCA’s minibus with all of the donations.