A group of “wonderful, selfless” secondary school pupils have banded together for a food drive to help the homeless over the festive period.

Last Monday, the year sevens at Friern Barnet started collecting food donations from family and friends to donate to the Homeless Action Barnet charity for redistribution.

Pupils Lorena Cama, 11, Ailreza Afroziany, 12, and Tommy Watkins, 11, went along to the charity’s base in Woodhouse Road today (November 20) to turn over the two boxes of non-perishable food they collected.

They also had a large bag of fruit and vegetables including pineapples, watermelon and grapes.

Pastoral manager for year seven Pam Valavanis said: “The children have worked so hard to collect food for those who may have gone without over Christmas and I am so proud of them.

“They are wonderful, selfless young adults and the donations they received were very generous.

“As a school we believe in supporting our local community so we will definitely being doing a food drive for Christmas again next year and hope to include more year groups.”

Friern Barnet school has also been involved in other charity schemes this year including a Macmillan coffee morning and a bake sale for mental health, raising over £1,200 for different causes.