Kitchen company donates home-school hampers to Richmond primary school

From left, school council representative - Annabel Stewart, Junior Leader - Emily Longley and Head Girl - Isla Jenkinson with Andy and Liz’s children Ryder and Maria Byrne-Harris.

Colburn-based Hedgehog Furniture has presented Richmond Methodist Primary School with some home-schooling hampers to help pupils and families affected by the pandemic.

Sharon Stevenson, headteacher at the school on Darlington Road in Richmond, said the donations from the bespoke kitchen company would help support four deserving families at a “very challenging time of hardship and worry”.

“The very ethos of our school is to do all the good we can, in all the ways we can, to all the people we can. We instil this in all the children and this incredible act of kindness is what makes us so proud of the families we have here,” she said.

“These hampers will make a very real difference to people that have been terribly affected by the pandemic.”

Hedgehog Furniture, a small family business owned by brothers Andrew and Ryan Harris, specialises in handcrafted kitchens and bespoke wooden furniture.

Having five children to support, the brothers say they are no strangers to the pressures of lockdown and filled hampers with activity books, printer paper, modelling clay, jigsaws, calculators, chocolates, treats, and four Kindle Fire tablets.

Now that lockdown restrictions are lifting additional items of school uniform were also added to further assist with the return to school.

Hedgehog Furniture’s Trevor Hill with business owners and brothers Ryan and Andrew Harris.

Andrew Harris said: “The school is doing wonders under difficult circumstances. We have been so fortunate to continue to do business through the restrictions and we wanted to show our appreciation at a time when many are struggling.

“Rather than putting on the familiar discount we wanted to give something back to support those in our community. Families need ongoing support, and those businesses that continue to perform and even thrive in these unprecedented times have the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The school’s junior leader Emily Longley was there to help collect the hampers.

She said: “It made me feel that there is light even in the darkest of times, even in February 2021.”