A Brighton & Hove charity has teamed up with local restaurant Donatello to support school children over the summer holidays by providing goodie bags including text books, colouring books as well as free restaurant vouchers
The Russell Martin Foundation currently runs the Extra Time Project which caters for Key Stage 3 students (Year 7-8) in Brighton & Hove who are experiencing difficulties within the secondary school environment which can ultimately result can in under-achievement.
With the schools having closed since March due to Covid-19, this means that these students may slip even further behind.
Russell Martin, the founder of the charity and current manager of MK Dons stated that;
"There are so many negative implications for the young people who are currently not being able to attend school. Not only are they missing out on their education but they are also not being able to socialise with their friends and get the support of their teacher which can affect their mental well-being"
The Extra Time Project which is funded by local schools and Brighton & Hove Council is also sponsored by Donatello.
Sue Addis, owner of Donatello is in full agreement;
"Life is difficult for everyone at the moment and particularly for these young people who are missing out on their education. We are pleased to help in any way we can and are delighted that we are able to work with the Russell Martin Foundation to do something for them"