Beech Hill Primary School in West Denton recently welcomed members of the Greggs Operations Board into their Breakfast Club to enjoy a lively morning chatting and playing with over 100 children who attend every morning.
The Greggs Foundation has funded the Breakfast Club at Beech Hill Primary for a number of years but like many of the other charitable teams at Greggs, The Operations Board have recently taken over the fundraising for this particular school.
It was lovely to have extra visitors into our busy Breakfast Club and to have the opportunity to run through some of our different projects to advance the opportunities available to our children. Our focus is on building the confidence, skills and character of our pupils and so having a free breakfast club full of food, games and activities is just a wonderful way for so many of our pupils to start the day.
Jess Eatock, Head teacher at Beech Hill Primary
In total, eight teams at Greggs fundraise for their own Breakfast Clubs, including Franchise, Procurement, Finance, IT & Business Change, Commercial & Product Development, Retail & Customer Care, Gosforth Bakery and North Lakes Bakery.
The teams undertake fundraising activities throughout the year to fund a Breakfast Club at what can often be multiple schools. Whether that be raffles, bake sales, marathons or abseiling down a building, every team has their own unique way of raising the funds needed to support the children at their school. The money raised often helps to pay for extra hardship and holiday support, plus upgrades to the school environment across schools where needed.
The support The Greggs Foundation receives from generous Greggs Colleagues is essential to ensuring the continuation of the Breakfast Club programme. Their hard work in all areas of the business contributes to the running of the 840+ Breakfast Clubs we have currently across the UK, helping over 52,000 children receive a free breakfast to start the day the right way.
Fundraising aside, we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to colleagues who volunteer their time. Whilst some help to fund a club, we have many colleagues who donate their time to volunteer at Breakfast Clubs and make regular visits to check everything is running smoothly. It goes with saying that we are incredibly thankful for the support we receive from the thousands of Greggs Colleagues who help make our Breakfast Club programme such a bright start to the day for tens of thousands of children.