Local Assembly Member John Biggs welcomed pupils from St Mary and Michael primary school to City Hall today. Pupils from schools across London entered a competition run in conjunction with charity Magic Breakfast to design Christmas cards for London Assembly Members.
The children designed Christmas cards and a winner was selected from the breakfast clubs. London Assembly members will be able to use the entries from each participating primary school to send out their Christmas cards this year.
Magic Breakfast delivers free, healthy breakfast foods to UK primary schools with more than 40% free school meals, and is working with 240 schools nationally, including 150 schools across the capital. The Charity invited children from its London breakfast clubs to participate in the competition.
Local Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs said:
“It was fantastic to meet pupils from St Mary and St Michael primary school at City Hall. I am delighted that St Mary and St Michael got involved and I am excited to use the winning design as my Christmas card this year.
“Magic Breakfast run a great breakfast club for children which allows children to get a proper start to the day as well as allowing parents to get off to work. It was reported by the London Food Board this year that 74,000 children across London said they have gone to bed hungry and over-half of London parents have seen their ability to afford food worsen in the last year. We need to make sure that all children are provided for in the morning and Magic Breakfast do an excellent job in the 240 schools they support to provide the right fuel for learning.”
Magic Breakfast spokesperson Mark Coussins said:
“This Christmas card competition was great for the children and it’s great for the breakfast clubs as it not only shines a light on the clubs but will also spread the message about why they exist and why they are so important. Magic Breakfast believes that every school across London and across the country should have breakfast provision to ensure that no child starts the day too hungry to learn.
“It’s great to be working with John Biggs AM. Schools tell us that breakfast clubs improve attendance, punctuality, behaviour and attainment - we would love to be able to feed more children in more schools and ensure they have the right start to the day.”