Schoolchildren from Lewisham and Tower Hamlets attended a breakfast club fundraiser at City Hall today with Mayor Boris Johnson and radio host Neil Fox.
London’s Biggest Breakfast the charity campaign organised by the Mayor’s Fund for London aims to provide free breakfasts to children in disadvantaged areas across London.
Research from the breakfast campaign shows that 1 in 3 children regularly miss their breakfast. Today, school children sat around tables to eat breakfast with a choice of bagels, fruit, cereal, and juice. Schools in Poplar, Bow, and Lewisham have already benefitted from the Fund.
Sara Anderman, Head of Haseltine Primary School said: “Our breakfast club is an invaluable resource for the children of our school. A hungry child is not a happy child and an unhappy child cannot learn to the best of his/her abilities. Our breakfast club ensures that the potential of all our children is not prohibited by them being hungry.”
Magic 105.4 radio host Neil Fox, did his show from City Hall this morning. He said:“I ’ve got three kids of my own and we make sure they have a great breakfast every day… You assume every kid has breakfast but when you hear they don’t and the problems that happen because of that, you do really want to get involved and make sure that all these kids have a good chance in life.”
Boris Johnson who was interviewed by Neil Fox said: “People often think that London is so divorced from the rest of the country but we have four of the six poorest boroughs in the UK here, initiatives like this really help.” The Mayor invited radio listeners to give by texting BREK02 and the amount to 70070.
Commonwealth and Olympic medallist diver Peter Waterfield entertained the children with his silver and gold medals. There was also a live performance by American group The Pierces and a drawing competition for the school children.
Skye 8, from Chisenhale Primary School, who likes bagels with chocolate spread said that breakfast club helped her to be ” early for school”.
Nadheerah, 9, from Mayflower Primary School said : I like breakfast club because it gives me lots of energy and I don’t get sleepy in class”
Money raised from today’s event will support 2,500 primary school children in 60 schools across London.
To find out more go to http://www.mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk/londons-biggest-breakfast-2014/