Pupils at a special needs school in Walthamstow are creating bespoke hand-drawn designed plates for Eat or Heat

Teacher Nicole Whitelaw with pupils during a workshop

Teacher Nicole Whitelaw with pupils during a workshop

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

A group of Autistic pupils have used their creative skills to help raise money for Waltham Forest’s biggest food bank.

The 12 pupils at Whitefield School and Centre, in Macdonald Road, Walthamstow have collaborated with Eat or Heat food bank to help raise vital funds for the charity by helping to make bespoke kitchenware.

The school started working with the food bank a year ago and regularly collects food to donate on Fridays.

In each workshop, the pupils draw free-hand a Walthamstow landmark on the back of the plate and sign it with their name and age.

So far, 20 plates featuring landmarks such as Walthamstow Stadium, the William Morris Gallery, the Ancient House and Waltham Forest Town Hall have been created.

Teacher Nicole Whitelaw oversees the project.

She said: “This has been a creative partnership from the start and we’re happy to support Eat or Heat as they work tirelessly to help local families who are finding it difficult to make ends meet.”

"Eat or Heat trustee Nat DiMaggio is incredibly grateful for the hard work.

“Eat or Heat is incredibly grateful for the hard work the pupils and teachers at Whitefield school has put in. The results are fantastic and we know this will raise vital funds needed to feed the hungry in Waltham Forest,” said Mr DiMaggio. 

Ms Whitelaw and her pupils aim to design 80 plates which will be sold for £3 each at the charity’s spring fair on April 26 at St Mary’s Parish Church in Church Hill, Walthamstow.

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9:41am Wed 26 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Great initiative, shame that the Walthamstow Stadium is no longer there except for the facade.
Great initiative, shame that the Walthamstow Stadium is no longer there except for the facade. Villagecranberry
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