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Surrey CCC’s Ben Hollioake Learning Centre have teamed up with the Mayor of London’s Kitchen Social Fund to help feed families in need this Christmas.

The centre – which works with local schools throughout the year, offering pupils at local primary schools lessons and cricket training – has teamed up with five local schools to hand out the hampers, which will help families who might be struggling for food this Christmas.

Developed by nutritionists to ensure a healthy balance of food, the hampers were delivered to the schools yesterday, alongside cooking tips to help make the most of the contents.

Steve Wilson, Centre Manager at the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre, said: “We’re very happy to again work with the Mayor’s Kitchen Social Fund to help 40 families from our local schools. The hampers provide fresh and tinned produce that encourage healthy eating and also for families to produce meals together.”

The BHLC works with schools both close to the Kia Oval and in Lambeth providing a mix of high-quality cricket coaching from Surrey CCC staff and IT lessons based around the needs of those schools.

It offers activities such as coding, touch typing, podcasting and movie trailer making and aims to provide expertise in teaching those subjects to partner schools.

Staff in the centre has worked weekly with approximately 350 children this Autumn term liaising closely with schools to ensure COVID 19 safety rules were followed.

Each pupil received a weekly cricket coaching lesson – giving an all-important dose of physical activity – coupled with an IT lesson teaching important skills like touch typing and coding.

The local primary schools the centre partnered with to provide the hampers were: Vauxhall, Wyvil, Ashmole, Herbert Morrison and St Mark’s, all of which are within twenty minutes’ walk of the Kia Oval.