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Kellogg’s awards £1,000 to school’s breakfast club

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A secondary school in Sunderland has received a breakfast boost from Kellogg’s.

The £1,000 donation to St Aidan’s Catholic Academy will enhance it’s breakfast club and help feed pupils.

Thanks to the award, the all-boys school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, pupils will start the day off right.

The children will be provided with a warm and safe environment to eat and enjoy breakfast, with bagels, toast, cereal, pastries and hot drinks all up for grabs.

Deputy headteacher at St Aidan’s, Gemma Hogg, said: “We’re delighted to receive this generous donation from Kellogg’s which will enable us to offer a wider variety of breakfast choices to our pupils.

“Our main priority as a school is to provide a nurturing, caring and loving environment where spirituality and the Catholic ethos permeate everything we do.

“It’s so important that we start the day the right way so that our children can get the most from learning and enrichment opportunities.”

Breakfast clubs help with everything from attendance and attainment to alleviating hunger and providing pre-school care.

Kellogg’s research revealed 68% per cent of teachers believe pupils would struggle to concentrate in class without their breakfast club.

Around 150 people currently benefit from the facility, which is free of charge and available to all children.

Corporate social responsibility manager at Kellogg’s, Kate Prince, said: “We’re proud to have spent over 20 years supporting so many schools across the UK.

“We believe all children should have the opportunity to start the day with breakfast, and we know that equipment and resources are just as important to clubs as the food itself.”

Over the last 23 years Kellogg’s has helped 4,000 school breakfast clubs with funds, food and training.

Since 1998, that’s 70 million bowls of cereal to children all over the UK!

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Cinemas to screen the Queen’s funeral for free on Monday

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Around 150 cinemas across the UK will open on Monday to allow people to watch the Queen’s state funeral for free, while suspending the screening of films, to allow the public to mourn together.

 

Vue, Curzon and Arc will all screen the funeral proceedings free of charge at select venues from 10am. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.

 

Vue has cinemas in Gateshead, Cramlington and Hartlepool and will suspend normal scheduling on the national day of mourning. The chain issued a statement to inform the public that: “Seats will be free of charge and our retail offering on this day will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase.”

 

In addition, they will also screen the London Procession in the majority of their UK venues on Wednesday, 14 September, live from 1.30pm. On this day all other screens will be open showing film content as normal.

 

Other cinemas across the UK have decided to offer this too, including Arc Cinema, Reel Cinemas, Picturedome and Savoy.

 

The largest cinema chains, Odeon and Cineworld, will remain closed alongside Picturehouse, Showcase and The Light.

 

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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held

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Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.

 

In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.

 

It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.

 

The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.

 

They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”

 

The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?

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Memorial service for the Queen to be held at Newcastle Cathedral

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Newcastle Cathedral is set to hold a memorial service for the Queen, on Sunday 18 September.

 

The service will take place at 4pm, a day ahead of the Queen’s Funeral which will take place the following morning at Westminster Abbey.

 

The service will be one of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

It will be open to members of the public. However, the capacity in the cathedral is limited and so people are advised to arrive early as entry will be on a first come basis.

 

The Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear and the Acting Bishop of Newcastle will all be in attendance as well as the full Cathedral Choir.

 

Very Revd Geoff Miller, The Dean of Newcastle, issued a statement on behalf of the Cathedral: “It is with great sadness that, alongside people across our nation and the Commonwealth, we heard the news of the death of Elizabeth, our Queen and Governor.

 

“We at the Cathedral in Newcastle will approach this period of national mourning not only in grief but in deep gratitude to her for a long and dignified reign, in which her wisdom and graciousness have enabled stability, progress and a growing desire for goodwill among all people. She has been our Queen through many challenging times and has unfalteringly sought the good for our nation and its citizens. For this, we give thanks, and now we pray that she may rest in peace.

“Together, inspired by her spirit of commitment and graciousness, we shall look forward to the future and give loyal support to her successor, the King, in the sure knowledge that her example will inspire him and us. God Save the King.”

You can watch the service on the cathedral’s YouTube channel as it is being live-streamed.

 

On Sunday, at the start of the funeral service in London, two minutes of silence will be observed in St Nicholas Square.

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