Holloway Ward councillors have awarded funding to a local school’s scheme that encourages healthy eating and activities among young people. It is the eighth year in a row in which the councillors have funded the scheme.
Friends of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School’s Tutti Fruity Tuesday scheme provides a healthy fruit snack to pupils aged three to 11 once a month at break time, on school sports days, celebration days and after-school clubs. The school, which is in Holloway Ward, has received funding for the important scheme from its local councillors for eight years running.
468 children benefit from Tutti Fruity Tuesday, which encourages healthy eating throughout the school year. It also brings together children and their parents and carers from a wide range of backgrounds as they come together to prepare the healthy snacks.
This year, Holloway Ward councillors have awarded around £600 to Friends of Sacred Heart through Islington Council’s Local Initiative Fund (LIF) programme, a small grants initiative that supports local activities and improvements across Islington. The money will cover the cost of purchasing fresh fruit once a month throughout the school year.
Cllr Rakhia Ismail, Holloway Ward councillor, says: “I am delighted that Holloway’s local councillors have been supporting Friends of Sacred Heart’s Tutti Fruity Tuesday scheme for eight years now. It is incredibly important to encourage children to think about eating healthily at an early age, so they have long, happy and healthy lives.
“My fellow ward councillors and I are well aware of the impact that small-scale projects like Tutti Fruity Tuesday can have on the local community, and we are proud to support them through LIF funding. I urge other groups and individuals who are doing good work and bringing people together in Islington to apply for LIF funding.”
Marie Dorrian, Chair of Friends of Sacred Heart, says: “Giving young children free fruit once a month may not sound revolutionary but it means a lot to those who otherwise might not eat much fruit at all, particularly those from poorer backgrounds. It is also an opportunity for children, parents and carers to come together and make friends in their local community. I am grateful to our local councillors, who have ensured the success of Tutti Fruity Tuesday for the last eight years.”
Photo: Cllr Rakhia Ismail, Islington Labour councillor, with pupils of Sacred Heart Primary School