The King Edward’s Home Bank (KEHB) helped pupils and staff learn more about hygiene, clothing and child poverty through an awareness drive from 14 to 18 March.
KEHB Awareness Week, which ran in parallel at KES and KEHS, saw a varied programme of events including a cake and samosa sale, prizes awarded in exchange for donations of Home Bank items, and an assembly delivered by the KEHB team. The teachers vs students football match drew a huge crowd and the KEHB team hope to turn it into an annual event.
Alongside the £732.77 raised by KES and KEHS throughout the week, a generous donation of £500 was received from the KES Parents’ Association who were impressed by the services offered by KEHB.
Led by Sixth Formers from both schools, KEHB has been running since May 2021. They create around 100 care packages containing hygiene products each week, which are delivered, together with donations of clothes and toys, to local shelters supporting people who are homeless and those who are experiencing domestic violence or abuse. As the current Sixths Aman Aziz and Zayn Aziz begin to take a step back to focus on their IB exams, the project will be passed on to current Divisions: Amarr Syed, Jeevan Lalli, Charlie Kletz, Yibo Zhang, Tom Hoskins and Akshay Vydianath.
Hygiene products for KEHB can be dropped off at the Study Centre at KES. In addition to clothes and toys, KEHB accepts donations of:
- Baby products (nappies, baby shampoo, wipes, etc.)
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Toilet rolls
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Soap / shower gel
- Grooming essentials (razors, shaving cream, combs, moisturisers, etc.)
- Menstrual products.
You can find out more about the thriving service programme that exists at KES on our service page.