The Lincolnshire Chamber was approached by local charity, Lincolnshire Businesses for Breakfast, to assist them with a launch event for the Gainsborough area. Following the success of the charity in the Lincoln area, they have been approached by the Lincolnshire County Council to ask if they would consider offering the same sustainable funding and assistance to 16 schools within the Gainsborough area.
The launch event took place on Wednesday 9th June 2010, at White Woods Lane Community and was attended by many local businesses. The event itself was an ideal platform for local businesses to gain an insight into the many benefits of the charity and its aims and objectives, along with opportunities to become involved and offer assistance in many ways. Guests were greeted with breakfast rolls and tea or coffee, and then invited into the area where the children arrive and enjoy breakfast with their peers as well as interaction with the breakfast club staff.
The Breakfast Clubs really are changing lives. They help to ensure not only healthier, more focused and manageable children, but that children are learning life skills. In the last year the obesity warnings have rung even louder across the UK and research shows that children who have eaten a healthy breakfast can concentrate longer and perform better at school with improved social behaviour. Providing a healthy breakfast to children will not only positively impact on them, but also their families and the wider community.
In many deprived areas of Lincoln and Gainsborough, children have not eaten a ‘proper’ meal since their free school lunch the day before. Lincolnshire Businesses for Breakfast is asking for your help to keep the success going. For Julie Harrison, Head Teacher at Usher Junior School and Trustee for Lincolnshire Businesses for Breakfast, keeping the scheme going is a necessity:
“For many parents, finding affordable childcare that enables them to be focused and in work on time is a nightmare. A breakfast club fulfils both these essential requirements whilst providing stimulating activities and opportunities to socialise and play. In terms of securing economic wellbeing for our citizens and the city as a whole, breakfast clubs are invaluable!”
We would like to express our thanks to all those delegates who attended the event and look forward to welcoming them on future Chamber events and activity both in the local area and across the county.