Bridget Phillipson eating breakfast at Cherry Fold Primary

Greggs Foundation welcomes shadow education secretary to Burnley breakfast club

2 months ago
2 min read

We recently extended a very warm welcome to Bridget Phillipson MP, the shadow education secretary, in a visit to a Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club at Cherry Fold Primary School in Burnley.

The visit was an opportunity for staff and pupils at Cherry Fold Primary School to showcase the positive impact their lively Breakfast Club has on the children, and a chance for Bridget Phillipson to sit down with teaching staff to discuss challenges facing similar schools.

During her visit, Ms Phillipson expressed her enthusiasm for the positive impact of Breakfast Clubs and the need to initiate longer-term change to ensure they can become a key part of the school day.

Ms Phillipson remarked, "It was brilliant to visit Cherry Fold Primary alongside Oliver Ryan, to see the great work going on at their Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club."

“Breakfast clubs give parents the ability to work the hours they choose whilst giving children the best start to the day, boosting attendance and attainment.” 

Oliver ryan sits next to Bridget Phillipson in front of a young buy enjoying a plate of scrambled eggs
Bridget phillipson laughs with Oliver Ryan in a school hall

Tracy Lynch, Manager of the Greggs Foundation, also extended her gratitude thanking the pupils, staff, and headteacher of Cherry Fold Primary School for welcoming them into the bustling breakfast club. Tracy emphasised the importance of helping children access a nutritious breakfast every morning, but also of supporting families facing financial challenges through the Greggs Foundation's hardship fund.   

Tracy commented: “Cherry Fold Primary School, like many schools located in similar areas, play an essential role in the local community.  They support children to receive an education but do so much more for families who are really struggling.  The Breakfast Club and our hardship fund is just one part of that support package, and we were delighted to be able to highlight to Ms Phillipson our role in supporting over 900 Breakfast Clubs for 62,000 children every single day.” 

“We’d like to thank the staff and pupils of Cherry Fold Primary for their hospitality and for highlighting the added value offered by their Breakfast Club to the wider school community.”